Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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.
2018 THE WILD PEAR TREE
2014 WINTER SLEEP
2011 ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)
2008 LES TROIS SINGES (Üç Maymun)
2006 CLIMATES (Iklimler)
1999 CLOUDS OF MAY (Mayis sikintisi)
1995 KOZA (short film)
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
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