Nuri Bilge Ceylan

9 Films in collection

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Boğaziçi University. There, he developed a strong interest in image, entering the photography club at the university. This is also where he fed his taste for visual arts and classical music, by means of the vast resources of the faculty librarians. He also began to take film classes and attend screenings at the Film Society, which reinforced his love of cinema, born years earlier in the dark rooms of the Istanbul Cinematheque. After his 1985 Graduation, he traveled to London and Kathmandu, which allowed him to take the opportunity to reflect upon his future. He returned to Turkey for his 18 months military service and at that moment decided to dedicate his life to cinema.

Thereafter, he studied film at the University Mimar Sinan, and worked as a professional photographer to make a living. After 2 years, he decided to abandon his studies to practice. He started with acting, in a short film directed by his friend Mehmet Eryilmaz, while helping with the technical production process.

In late 1993, he began shooting his first short film, Koza. The film was screened at Cannes in May 1995 and became the first Turkish short film to be selected for competition. Three full-length feature films followed - the 'provincial trilogy': Kasaba (1997), Clouds of May (1999) and Uzak (2002).

In all of these films, Ceylan took on just about every technical role himself: the cinematography, sound design, production, editing, writing and direction... UZAK won the Grand Prix and Best Actor (for the two main actors) in Cannes in 2003, making Ceylan an internationally recognized director. Continuing his tour of festivals after Cannes, UZAK won no less than 47 awards, including 23 international prizes, and thus became the most awarded film in the history of Turkish cinema.

His subsequent films were all awarded at Cannes: Climates won the FIPRESCI Prize in 2006, Three Monkeys won Best Director in 2008 and Once upon a Time in Anatolia won the Grand Prix in 2011. In 2014, his seventh feature film Winter Sleep won the Palme d'Or as well as the FIPRESCI prize. His recent feature film The Wild Pear Tree was again selected for the Cannes competition in 2018.


2011 ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)
2008 LES TROIS SINGES (Üç Maymun)
2006 CLIMATES (Iklimler)
2002 UZAK
1999 CLOUDS OF MAY (Mayis sikintisi)
1995 KOZA (short film)

About Dry Grasses (2023)

Samet, a young art teacher, is finishing his fourth year of compulsory service in a remote village in Anatolia. After a turn of events he can hardly make sense of, he loses his hopes of escaping the grim life he seems to be stuck in. Will his encounter with Nuray, herself a teacher, help him overcome his angst? More

The Wild Pear Tree (Flyer)

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.Bonus to view Interview Sarajevo Filmfestival 2018 More

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Winter Sleep (Flyer)

Winter Sleep (2014)

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… More

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Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Flyer)

Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (2011)

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that "something new and different" will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads... More

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Three Monkeys (Flyer)

Three Monkeys (2008)

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? More

Climates (Flyer)

Climates (2006)

Beautifully drawn and meticulously observed, the film vividly recalls the cinema of Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni with its poetic use of landscape and the incisive, exquisitely visual rendering of loneliness, loss and the often-elusive nature of happiness. During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa (played by Ceylan himself) and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar (the luminous Ebru Ceylan, Ceylan’s real-life wife) brutally implodes. More

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Uzak (Flyer)

Uzak (2002)

A photographer who is haunted by the feeling that the gap between his life and his ideals is growing finds himself obliged to put up in his apartment a young relative who has left behind his village looking for a job aboard a ship in Istanbul to go abroad. More

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Clouds of May - Mayis Sikintisi (Flyer)

Clouds of May - Mayis Sikintisi (1999)

This May in the town seems to be warmer and gloomier than the previous years. Still, everyone seems to be happy despite their small worries and lives closed for any surprises. However, this happiness is a little disturbed by the arrival of Muzaffer who has made up his mind to shoot a film in this town where he had passed his childhood. "Clouds of May" tells the story of Muzaffer, who returns to his native town to make a movie. His father, Emin, is bent on saving the small forest he cultivates on his property from confiscation by the authorities. More

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Kasaba (Flyer)

Kasaba (1997)

Told from the perspective of two children, and in four parts which run parallel to seasons, KASABA describes relationships between members of a Turkish family in a small town. The first part is in a primary school where the family's 11 year old doughter is a pupil. It shows the social environment to which she has to adopt, 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, who is four years younger, and their journey to the corn field where their family are waiting for them. More

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