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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Ahlat Agaci AKA The Wild Pear Tree [Extras] (2018)

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kasaba AKA The Small Town (1997)

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Depiction of a small Turkish town, as seen from the perspective of an 11 year old girl and her 7 year – old brother. The four part film unfolds along with the seasons. The first part is set at the school the girl attends, the social environment she must adapt to and its difficulties. She faces with her feeling of shame and some merciless clues of life. The second part is in spring. We see the girl with her brother and their journey to the maize field where their family are waiting for them. Read More »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Iklimler aka Climates (2006)

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Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s cinema studies alienation through mainly minimalist means. Since Clouds of May (Mayis Sikintisi) and Distant (Uzak), which won the Grand Prix and a double prize for Best Actor at Cannes, the most conspicuous trait that makes him an auteur is his personal touch. Emotional distances filled in with long silences and uncertainties on faces in close-ups, supported by beautifully shot landscapes, are his trademarks. With a poetic, yet almost painfully honest approach, he passionately continues depicting the complexity of the human soul and its divine dilemmas. His talent is often comparable to great directors such as Bergman, Antonioni, Bresson, Tarkovsky and he clearly emphasizes the motto “less is more.” Read More »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Ahlat Agaci AKA The Wild Pear Tree (2018)



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The Wild Pear Tree is a gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie from the Turkish film-maker and former Palme winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan: garrulous, humorous and lugubrious in his unmistakable and very engaging style. It’s an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhood and your home town – and how returning to both has a bittersweet savour. As in his previous film, Winter Sleep, he draws on the spirit of Chekhov. But his style is all his own: not Chekhovian, but Ceylanian. There are scenes in which people placidly watch TV: largely histrionic soaps whose contrast to the film itself is a type of comedy the director playfully allows us to notice. In fact, The Wild Pear Tree is not unlike a telenovela of family life, taken at a very high-minded, andante pace. Read More »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Ahlat Agaci Aka The Wild Pear Tree (2018)



Sinan is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer. Returning to the village where he was born, he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, but his father’s debts catch up with him… Read More »

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 – Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da AKA Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (IMDb) Read More »