Expanding on his producing role on 2012’s Nairobi Half Life, director Tom Tykwer assists Kenyan filmmaker Mbithi Masya on his debut feature, an offbeat drama set somewhere in the afterlife. Winner of the FIPRESCI international film critics’ award this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, Kati Kati is well-suited to festival play and could eventually garner further attention on VOD.
The film begins literally in the middle of nowhere, as Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) wanders lost and disoriented through the Kenyan grasslands, trying to remember how she got there, but her mind is a blank. Dressed only in a hospital gown, she drifts aimlessly until she comes upon Kati Kati, a wilderness resort. She doesn’t recognize the place or any of the people living there, but they welcome her and explain that she’s actually dead, just like the 20 or so other inhabitants. Unlike them, however, she’s suffering from amnesia and can’t remember anything about her 30 or so years of life or how she died, but it seems that Kati Kati is some type of limbo where these souls linger until they’re able to pass on to the next stage of her journey.
Kaleche has a hard time accepting her circumstances, but when everyone tells her the same thing, after several days she comes to accept her fate, but feels no closer to recalling anything about her circumstances. Thoma (Elsaphan Njora), who’s been ... Read Full Review