Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kis uykusu AKA Winter Sleep (2014)

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Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities… Continue reading

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kış uykusu AKA Winter Sleep (2014) (DVD)

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STORYLINE:
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities… Written by Cannes Film Festival Continue reading

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Üç maymun AKA Three Monkeys (2008)

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A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth… In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth, not to see, hear or talk about it. But does playing “Three Monkeys” invalidate the truth of its existence? (nbcfilm) Continue reading

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Uzak AKA Distant (2002)

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SYNOPSIS
Uzak tells the story of Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak), a young factory worker who loses his job and travels to Istanbul to stay with his relative Mahmut (Muzaffer Özdemir) while looking for a job.

Uzak won 17 awards and 2 nominations, including the Grand Prix and Prix d’interprétation masculine, shared by two actors of the film at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kasaba AKA The Town [+Extras] (1997)

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan scripted and made his directorial debut with this Turkish family drama, based on an autobiographical story (Cornfield) by his sister, Emine Ceylan. The black-and-white film is structured around vignettes of seasonal changes. Winter: Turkish life is seen from the perspective of a young schoolteacher. Spring: A student from the first segment and her little brother experience the world of nature as they walk home. Summer: The children join their parents and grandparents in a family gathering, talking and eating roast corn around an outdoor fire on a summer night. Fall: In a symbolic sequence, the youngsters find their roles in society. This low-budget film premiered at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival and won the international critics jury prize (a $30,000 cash award) at the 1998 Istanbul Film Festival.
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Mayis sikintisi AKA Clouds of May (1999)

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“Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan evokes the spirit of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” in this film set in a small village in contemporary Anatolia. With little action and dialogue punctuated with long silences reminiscent of Abbas Kiarostami, this is a sensitive and subtle film… Muzaffer Ozdemir plays an Istanbul filmmaker who returns to his parents’ home to make a low-budget film in which his parents will star. While claiming that he wants to capture the life of the village, his obsession with his film makes him blind to the daily events that matter to the people who live there. Ceylan made the film to repent for his behavior during the making of his 1998 film, “The Small Town”. That he uses his real parents playing themselves adds to its poignancy and honesty. This is a lyrical film full of quiet moments and understated charm that captures the boredom and the beauty of the Turkish countryside.”
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