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Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 February 2017 (USA)
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A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.


Ceyda Torun
6 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Yaman Barlas Yaman Barlas ... Himself
Sari Sari ... Herself, a cat
Arzu Göl Arzu Göl ... Herself
Kemal Suncu Kemal Suncu ... Himself
Bengü Bengü ... Herself, a cat
Necati Özer Necati Özer ... Himself
Hamdi Selami Karaci Hamdi Selami Karaci ... Himself
Mine Sögüt Mine Sögüt ... Herself
Teoman Toraman Teoman Toraman ... Himself
Aslan Parcasi Aslan Parcasi ... Himself, a cat
Yilmaz Yildiz Yilmaz Yildiz ... Himself
Psikopat Psikopat ... Herself, a cat
Vecdi Kelav Vecdi Kelav ... Himself
Erdogan Amca Erdogan Amca ... Himself
Elif Nursad Atalay Elif Nursad Atalay ... Herself


In the city of Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There are also the stray domestic cats of the city who live free but have complicated relationships with the people themselves. This film follows a selection of individual cats as they live their own lives in Istanbul with their own distinctive personalities. However, with this vibrant population, is the reality of an ancient metropolis changing with the times that may have less of a place for them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the streets of Istanbul, neither wild nor tame. This is the story of seven of them. See more »




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Release Date:

10 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gatos See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,103, 12 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,834,262, 12 November 2017
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The cat-level action cam was mounted on a remote control toy car. See more »


Unnamed Human Resident of Istanbul: Dogs think people are God, but cats don't. Cats are aware of God's existence. Cats know that people act as middlemen to God's will. They're not ungrateful, they just know better.
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


"Bak Yesil Yesil'
Written by Mustafa Seyran, Mehmet Erbulan'
(Median Müzik Edisyon)
Performed by Emel Sayin
Courtesy of Avrupa Müzik, Odeon Müzik Yammclllk
(Emel Sayin Vol.2)
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Cool cats.
12 March 2017 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Cats (unlike dogs) know that we're not God. They know we're just the middlemen." Interviewee

Let your inner cat take over and roam Istanbul with director Ceyda Torun as she produces a lovely documentary about the charmed lives of the 100,000 or more cats that benignly people the famous Turkish city. By focusing on the lives of seven cats, Torun effectively characterizes all those privileged felines.

Although this doc, Kedi (Turkish for "cat"), doesn't negate the generally accepted aloofness of cats or their notorious independence, it brings them alive as individual felines with attributes to make us love each one differently. Memorable are Psikopat (as in "psychopath"), a tough wife to a similar tuxedo, who fears her wrath, and Sari, an orange and white who cleverly forages for her beautiful brood.

As lovable as all the animal stars of this entertaining documentary are, the humans who take care of the cats (when they let them) are almost as affecting. The interviewees come forward with sayings and observations that are at times lovingly profound and at others just shy of New Age: "I heal my wounds by healing theirs," says one cat lover after cooking 20 pounds of chicken for a daily entourage of appreciative strays.

This tone poem's veracity is slightly compromised by having minimal conflicts as the cats intrude multiple ways on Istanbul life. Kedi is a lyrical expression of love, but I've never heard of a city so pristine, virtually immaculate, while also having a robust street life that accommodates felines in such luxury. I guess I'll have to see for myself someday.

If you see Kedi, you will seek out boxes of kitties on street corners forever condemning you to cute and cool little beings never more alluring than on the streets of Istanbul.

"Cats are the runes of beauty, invincibility, wonder, pride, freedom, coldness, self-sufficiency, and dainty individuality - the qualities of sensitive, enlightened, mentally developed, pagan, cynical, poetic, philosophic, dispassionate, reserved, independent, Nietzschean, unbroken, civilised, master-class men." H. P. Lovecraft

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