Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan has earned
critical comparisons to Andrei Tarkovsky and Yasujiro Ozu on the strength of
this bleakly beautiful existential meditation on loneliness and ennui.
Unfolding at a seductive, glacial pace, the film follows two men, an
Istanbul photographer (Muzaffer Ozdemir) and his relative Yusuf (Mehmet Emin
Toprak), as they search for meaning in their intermingled lives. Ceylan's
images of bleached seascapes and the crumbling industrial zones of
contemporary Istanbul lend the film a cold, desperate, and extraordinary
beauty. Winner of the
Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival (2003) and the
Grand Prix and Best Actor Awards at the Cannes Film Festival (2003). Turkish
with English subtitles.