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Bad Cat ("Kötü Kedi Serafettin")

North American Premiere
  • Turkey
  • 2015
  • 82 mins
  • DCP
  • Turkish
  • English (subtitles)
Official Selection: Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2016

Chain-smoking, booze-chugging, violent, thieving, foulmouthed sex fiend Shero isn’t the cutest kitty on the block — those would be the pretty female felines he’s always scheming to have sex with. No, Shero’s a pretty awful cat, passing his days infuriating his owner, stealing fish and liquor, and badmouthing everyone around him. He plans to spend the night that way with his sleazy pal Riza the rat and Rifiki the seagull, but tonight is going to be a bit different. It’s going to include the unexpected arrival of a son he never knew he had — and harshly rejects. It’ll include the unstoppable zombie of a geek cartoonist hellbent on revenge. It’ll include menacing mutts, a nasty landlady, a bank robbery gone wrong — and worst of all, true love!

Straight out of Istanbul comes BAD CAT, a really good movie about the worst pet in the world! Forget FRITZ THE CAT, this is GARFIELD-goes-BAD LIEUTENANT! Definitely for adult (we didn’t say mature!) audiences, BAD CAT is a high-energy hellride through the vibrant Turkish cosmopolis, and hilariously hardcore, with a curse-word count to match SCARFACE. The film even proves to be morally redeeming, but shhhh! Don’t tell anyone! Adapted from the raunchy graphic novel “Kötu Kedi Şerafettin” by Bülent Üstün, BAD CAT guarantees a great time for cat lovers, fans of international animation, and hopeless degenerates. Which one are you?

— Rupert Bottenberg