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Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame—and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. This is a profile of the ancient city of Istanbul and its unique people, as seen through the eyes of cats.

“At once hypnotic and charming, a movie with the capacity to elicit both the OMG-level effusiveness of internet memes and existential insights.” —Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Splendidly graceful and quietly magical...a profoundly affecting meditation, at once dreamy and precise, on a force of nature—several forces of nature, actually, with paws and tails—surviving and thriving in an industrialized world.” —Joe Leydon, Variety

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