KEDI is a critically-acclaimed documentary about the lives of cats who roam freely throughout the metropolis of Istanbul and bring joy and purpose to the people they choose to love. The film has had a massively successful theatrical release, becoming the third highest grossing foreign language documentary ever, having garnered $2.4M, to date. KEDI will continue its theatrical run in select locations throughout the year. This feature-length film, which made its world premiere at the Istanbul Independent Film Festival, was produced by Ceyda Torun and Charlie Wuppermann. Torun also serves as the film’s director and Wuppermann as the cinematographer. KEDI will debut on YouTube Red on May 10, 2017.
In Istanbul, the cat is more than just a cat. It embodies the indescribable energy, culture, and uniqueness that is the essence of the city. Cats have become an essential part of the fabric of Istanbul. They are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. The seven distinct feline personalities featured in the film are: Sari (“The Hustler”), Duman (“The Gentleman”), Bengü (“The Lover”), Aslan Parçasi (“The Hunter”), Gamsiz (“The Player”), Psikopat (“The Psycho”), and Deniz (“The Social Butterfly”).
The cinematic visuals in KEDI take you on a “cat’s eye” journey through the winding streets of Istanbul, and invite you to experience the communal approach of the residents who care for the cats while allowing them to retain their independence.
“We know the YouTube audience has a never-ending fascination with all things cats,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “Ceyda Torun and Charlie Wuppermann’s visually stunning documentary featuring seven charismatic felines navigating the streets of Istanbul has resonated with theatergoers around the world, and it has all the right elements to be incredibly popular on YouTube Red.”
“I realized that my stories of the street cats of Istanbul were not exclusive to me. Everyone who formed a meaningful relationship with these creatures has come to experience life and their part in it differently,” said KEDI producer and director Ceyda Torun. “Cats have become synonymous with the city itself, ultimately, embodying its soul. This film is, in many ways, a love letter to those cats and the city.”
The film was executive produced by Thomas Podstawski and Gregor Kewel.
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