WINNER Palme d’Or
WINNER FIPRESCI International Critics Prize
Festival de Cannes 2014
WINNER Foxtel Movies Audience Award
Sydney Film Festival 2014
“A stunning picture.”
“One of the more rewarding film achievements of the year.
Ceylan’s cast performs with such precision and feeling that even Bergman would have applauded.”
“Richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus.”
“The esoteric world of masterful Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan
proves as vibrant as ever in WINTER SLEEP, a Chekhovian meditation.”
Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes, the new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) is an immersive and provocative Chekhovian drama.
Set in the picturesque and striking landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre.
Like all the villagers, Aydin has time on his hands, but as Ceylan’s film progresses, the director carefully strips away the veneer that surrounds this self-satisfied and insular man. Through some magnificent set pieces, beautifully written and performed, we get a close look at Aydin’s interactions with his wife, his recently divorced sister, and a family of locals who are tenants of one of his properties.
With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is. Awarded the International Critics Prize in Cannes in addition to the Palme d’Or, Winter Sleep is a compelling and hypnotic study of human frailty.
Country of Origin: Turkey
Language: Turkish w/ English subtitles
Duration: 196 mins
Rating: M (Coarse language and mature themes)
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag
Australian release: November 13, 2014