Filmoria Interview: Kedi Director Ceyda Torun Filmoria Interview: Kedi Director Ceyda Torun
Cat videos on the internet are two a penny, but documentary, Kedi, is a different breed altogether. Filmed entirely in Istanbul, it’s an intimate... Filmoria Interview: Kedi Director Ceyda Torun

Cat videos on the internet are two a penny, but documentary, Kedi, is a different breed altogether.

Filmed entirely in Istanbul, it’s an intimate and affectionate look at the city’s street cats. For hundreds of years, cats have roamed its historic streets, wandering in and out of people’s lives and becoming an essential part of them. They don’t belong to anybody, they’re not wild, nor are they tame, but many of them have people they are happy to spend time with.  And it’s a co-existence that benefits and enriches everybody. Including, of course, the cats.

Filmoria’s Freda Cooper talked to the film’s director, Ceyda Torun, during a recent visit to London. She describes how she created a “cat’s eye view” of the city, the research – both human and feline! – that went into the film and her experience of working with an exceptionally challenging cast.

Kedi is in cinemas now. Read our review here.

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Freda Cooper

A lifelong lover of films, I'm at last living the proverbial dream - as a film critic and radio presenter. My blog and podcast, both called Talking Pictures, are award nominated, and I'm heard rabbiting away about movies to my heart's content every Friday morning on BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex. Favourite film? The Third Man. Career highlight to date? Interviewing Woody Harrelson in his trailer at Pinewood!

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