Boston Turkish Film Festival


September 15-25, 2004

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cenneti Beklerken - Waiting for Heaven

Boston Turkish Film Festival and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are proud to present the first retrospective of Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan films in North America.

Shadows and Faces





Elephants and Grass

Mayıs Sıkıntısı


All films are with English subtitles


Born in İstanbul, Turkey in 1959, Nuri Bilge Ceylan graduated from Bosphorus University with a degree in Engineering and studied film-making for two years in Mimar Sinan University. Nuri Bilge Ceylan made his cinema debut with a low-budget but a high-impact short film, Cocoon (Koza, 1995), which tells the story of an old couple reuniting with the burden of their painful past, and was officially selected for the Short Film Competition of the 48th Cannes International Film Festival. His first feature film, The Small Town (Kasaba, 1997) brought him 18 international awards, including Caligari Prize in the 1998 Berlin Film Festival. Clouds of May (Mayıs Sıkıntısı, 1999), telling the story of a young director returning to his small town to make a film, had its world premiere in the 50th Berlin International Film Festival in 2000 and has won awards in many international competitions. Ceylan's most recent work, Distant (Uzak, 2003), was described by Variety as "an arthouse film par excellence, a consummately made study of loneliness and frustration that confirms the emerging talent of Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan" and was named as one of the best films of the decade by the Guardian. Among many others, Distant received the Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor Award in the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and was screened in the movie theaters worldwide. All of Ceylan's films, except Cocoon, were screened in previous years at the Boston Turkish Film Festivals.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films mix honesty, sadness and humor to reflect a great appreciation for the subtleties of human relationships. He juggles varied duties for each of his films as director, cinematographer, screenwriter, producer and editor among them. Compared to Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Bresson, and Alan Resnais, Ceylan is said to have an elegant cinematography and a deeply pensive tone which remind the style of Andrei Tarkovsky, and he is described as a true auteur.



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