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1,579 Ratings



Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey, 2002


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.

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Distant Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2003 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

2004 | Winner: Foreign Cineaste of the Year

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2003 | Winner: FIPRESCI Film of the Year

Critics reviews

There is a distance between Ceylan’s two protagonists, as I have mentioned. There is also the distance between social classes that often cannot be overcome… Uzak is essentially a film about growing isolation and solitude; it is about an often self-inflicted distance the reasons of which aren’t explained in the film. Indeed, this is one of the trademarks of Ceylan’s films: things are the way they are. The director doesn’t try to explain them, he simply shows them.
September 23, 2017
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