A photographer who is haunted by the feeling that the gap between his ideals and his real life 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. –Cannes Film Festival
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (born 26 January 1959 in Istanbul) is a Turkish photographer and film director. He is married to the filmmaker, photographer, and actress Ebru Ceylan, his co-star in İklimler.
Ceylan learned photography at age 15, and developed an interest in film at 22. After graduating from Boğaziçi University with a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he went on with his studies on cinema for two years at Mimar Sinan University.
Ceylan’s first short film Koza (Cocoon) was screened in the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. He received many awards with his debut feature Kasaba (Small Town). His third feature Uzak (Distant) received many awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor Prize at Cannes, and was praised internationally. His 2006 film Iklimler (Climates) won the FIPRESCI Movie Critics’ Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and received international praise by critics and experts. The film won 5 awards at the 2006 Antalya Golden Orange… read more
It is one the heaviest movies about loneliness, and yet I am always pleased to see that Ceylan doesn't rip humour out of his works: switching Tarkovski to a porn movie is hilariously tragic.
The emotional stasis the two main characters are in is built upon in a minimalistic and refreshing way at every step whilst at various points in the film surreal moments manage to seep in.Mahmut and Yusuf are surrounded by the bleak and industrial environment and cannot connect to other people or to each other for that matter. Still the film's poignancy resides in the truthful and honest portrayal of day-to-day life.
A lot has been said about this film; that it is an imitation of foreign art films, that it is boring and emotionless. However, it was simply a beautiful suprise for me. After seeing this, I thought… read review
Aride incommunicabilité – 03/05/2009
Certes, Uzak est un étrange objet cinématographique. Uzak est un film sur l’incommunicabilité, la solitude, et le mal être de deux hommes en rupture et que… read review
Uzak is a great turkish movie that tells us about “the meaninglessness of life” in a very meaningful way. The story is about two very strong characters, a man and his cousin. the man, mahmut, is a… read review
The film feels sad while never wallowing, needlessly, in its own despair. The characters are propelled beyond their individual sadnesses into the banal, day-to-day activities common to everyday living… read review