Boston Turkish Film Festival

KEDI

A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A CAT IN ISTANBUL

COMPETITION OPENING NIGHT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
7:30 pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Remis Auditorium
465 Huntington Avenue

LIVE MUSIC BY NEOTOLIA AT BRAVO AFTER THE FILM SCREENING ***

Non-competition
Directed by Ceyda Torun
Doc. / 80 min. / 2016 / with English subtitles
Cat Cast: Bengu, Deniz, Duman, Gamsiz, Psycho, Rat Catcher, Yellow

KEDİ is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. KEDİ is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people's lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.

The feature film debut of director Ceyda Torun, KEDI is a beautiful and thoughtful reflection on life in a busy metropolis, exploring our connections to nature and our place in it, while never loosing track of its fury protagonists, the cats. By staying close to the ground and following these uniquely free and independent animals, the film is showing us a whole new perspective of an ancient city and its people.

SELECTED FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

  • Sidewalk Film Festival, USA: Best Family Film
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA
  • !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Turkey
  • Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
  • Seattle International Film Festival, USA
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival, USA
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Kedi

"I grew up in Istanbul until I was eleven years old and I believe my childhood was infinitely less lonesome than it would have been if it weren't for cats. And I wouldn't be the person I am today. Every year that I returned to the city, I saw it change in ways that made it less and less recognizable, except for the cats; they were the one constant element, becoming synonymous with the city itself and ultimately, embodying its soul. This film is, in many ways, a love letter to those cats and the city, both of which are changing in ways that are unpredictable.

When we set out to make this film, I had many ideas about what it should be. I hoped to show Istanbul in ways that went beyond tour guides and news headlines. I wanted to explore philosophical themes that would make you, the audience, ponder about our relationship to cats, to nature, to each other.

In the end, I hope this film makes you feel like you just had a cat snuggle up on your lap unexpectedly, and purr fervently for a good long time, while allowing you to stroke it gently along itʼs back; forcing you, simply because you canʼt move without letting go of that softness and warmth, to think about things that you may not have given yourself time to think about in the busy life you lead, to discuss them with a group of new friends, friends from Istanbul who tell you what the city is really like.

Hopefully this film will be that experience for you, and that youʼll leave with a yearning in your hands to pet a cat, and visit Istanbul." -- Ceyda Torun

DIRECTOR CEYDA TORUN

Born in Istanbul, Ceyda Torun spent her formidable early years among the street cats while her mother worried she'd get rabies and her sister worried she'd bring home fleas. After her family left the country when she was eleven, she lived in Amman, Jordan, and ended up in New York for her high school years, never encountering a street cat. She studied Anthropology at Boston University, returned to Istanbul to assist director Reha Erdem and then off to London to work alongside producer Chris Auty. She returned to the US and co-founded Termite Films with cinematographer Charlie Wuppermann and has since directed her first feature documentary. She still misses her feline companions, gets excited whenever she sees a cat on the streets of Los Angeles, but they rarely feel the same way about her.

 

 

 

 

 

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