9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Winter Sleep (2015 Feature Film)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Turkey, France, Germany | 2014 | 196 min | Turkish, English

Razor-sharp character study of self-satisfied intellectual Aydin, who lives at the tourist hotel in Cappadocia he inherited from his father with his young, deeply unhappy wife and his recently divorced, lethargic sister. Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes festival.

Aydin is a former thespian who moves from Istanbul to the stunning, yet dirt-poor Cappadocia in Central Anatolia with his beautiful, young, deeply unhappy wife Nihal and his recently divorced, lethargic sister Necla, to run his deceased father’s tourist hotel. It’s called ‘Othello’ after Shakespeare’s play.

The self-satisfied intellectual says he wants to write a history of Turkish theatre, but his scribbles are nothing more than personal columns for the local rag in which he berates everyone. The rest of his time is spent on interminable discussions with Nihal, Necla, hotel staff and people in the neighbourhood who owe him rent.

The Chekhov-inspired character study Winter Sleep lasts 196 minutes; most scenes never seem to end. Nothing moral, ethical or emotional remains uncovered. Every time you think things couldn’t get worse, they do. And relations fray some more.

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 22:15

Duration: 1:05

Year in
Festival

2015

Director

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Camera

Gökhan Tiryaki

Cast

Haluk Bilginer
Melisa Sözen
Demet Akbag
Ayberk Pekcan
Serhat Mustafa Kiliç
Nejat Isler
Tamer Levent

Country

Turkey
France
Germany

Editor

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Bora Göksingöl

Language

Turkish
English

Length

196 min

Producer

Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan

Production Company

Zeyno Film
Memento Films

Production Design

Gamze Kus

Sales

Memento Films

Scenario

Ebru Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
based on short stories by Anton Chekhov

Sound Design

Andreas Mücke

Year of Production

Website

Filmmaker en fotograaf Nuri Bilge CEYLAN (1959, Turkije) volgde een technische studie en daarna een opleiding filmmaken. Sinds zijn korte film Koza er in 1995 werd vertoond, draaien al Ceylans speelfilms in Cannes. Winter Sleep werd er bekroond met de Gouden Palm en de prijs van de internationale filmkritiek, Once Upon a Time in Anatalia en Uzak wonnen er de juryprijs, en voor Three Monkeys werd Ceylan bekroond als beste regisseur.

 

Filmography

Koza/Cocoon (1995, short), Kasaba/The Small Town (1997), Mayis Sikintisi/Clouds of May (1999), Uzak/Distant (2003), Iklimer/Climates(2006), Üç maymun/Three Monkeys (2008), Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da/Once Upon a Time in Anatalia (2011), Kis uykusu/Winter Sleep (2014)