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Thursday, 9 December
In the tradition of Kedi, comes Stray. A trio of canine outcasts roam the streets of Istanbul, and through their eyes and ears, we are shown an intimate portrait of the life of a city and its people.
As they search for food and shelter, Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allows us an untarnished view of human life — and their own canine culture.
The disparate lives of Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians who share the streets with them. Whether they lead us into bustling streets or decrepit ruins, the gaze of these strays act as windows into the overlooked corners of society. The film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.
Film in Turkish and English with English subtitles
★★★★★ Common Sense Media | ★★★★ Sunday Times UK | ★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Flick Filosopher | ★★★★ Boston Globe | ★★★★ VineVue | ★★★★ VultureHound
★★★★ Eye on Film | ★★★★ Little White Lies
★★★★ "These dogs are dogs. They bark, they bite, they defecate. Yet their primal allure remains indisputable." Times UK
★★★★ "A colourful tapestry of bone-chewing, play-fighting, and butt-sniffing." The Independent UK
★★★★ "Rivetingly confident in the devices she employs to build this sublime analysis of contemporary society, the director delivers a sharp, unique portrait of inflicted loneliness." One Room With A View
"Stray, to its credit, excels at studying both dog and human with equal delicacy and compassion." In Review Online
"A kind of companion to Kedi, that 2016 documentary about Istanbul's street cats, Elizabeth Lo's film is a tender look into the lives of some of the city's free-roaming dogs." New York Magazine/Vulture
"Lo's humane film helps us glimpse the lives of those who are often overlooked, whether they walk the streets of Istanbul on four legs or two." Los Angeles times
"Compassionate and playful. Lo's humane film helps us glimpse the lives of those who are often overlooked, whether they walk the streets of Istanbul on four legs or two." POV
“Lo’s sharp-eyed study of Istanbul strays is both the ultimate love letter to dogs and a multifaceted moral inquiry into humanity … Virtuosic.” Variety
"Captivating and immersive." Filmmaker Magazine
"Profound.' IndieWire | "Beautiful." Screen Daily | "Stirring." The Hollywood Reporter
"A Howling Success." Hollywood reporter