Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Born (1959-01-26) 26 January 1959 (age 57)
Istanbul, Turkey[1]
Alma mater Boğaziçi University
Mimar Sinan University
Occupation Film director, photographer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Ebru Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈnuːri ˈbilɟe ˈdʒejlan], born 26 January 1959) is a Turkish film director, photographer, screenwriter and actor. He was the winner of the Palme d'Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2014. He is married to filmmaker, photographer, and actress Ebru Ceylan, with whom he co-starred in Climates (2006).

Early life[edit]

Ceylan's love of photography started at the age of 15. While studying at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, he participated in cinema and photography clubs and he took passport-style photos to make pocket money. After graduating from university with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, he went to London and Kathmandu, Nepal, to decide what to do in life. Then he went back to Ankara, Turkey, to do military service. When he was in the army, he discovered that cinema would give shape to his life.[2]


Style and themes[edit]

Ceylan's films deal with the estrangement of the individual, existentialism, the monotony of human lives, and the details of everyday life. He uses static shots and long takes, usually in natural settings, as well as play with sound, including the use of menacing silences. He is known for filming his protagonist from behind, which, in his view, leaves the audiences to speculate on the brooding emotions of characters whose faces are obscured. Until Climates, Ceylan's films are made on low budgets, with casts generally consisting of amateur actors, most of whom are family members (such as his mother and father).[citation needed]

Ceylan named his ten favorite films in the 2012 Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll: Andrei Rublev (1966), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), L'Avventura (1960), L'Eclisse (1962), Late Spring (1949), A Man Escaped (1956), The Mirror (1975), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), Shame (1968), and Tokyo Story (1953).[3]

Awards and accolades[edit]


Films, television & video
Year English title Turkish title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1995 Cocoon Koza Yes Yes Yes Short film
1998 Small Town Kasaba Yes Yes Yes Feature debut
2000 Clouds of May Mayıs Sıkıntısı Yes Yes Yes
2002 Distant Uzak Yes Yes Yes
2006 Climates İklimler Yes Yes Yes Also actor
2008 Three Monkeys Üç Maymun Yes Yes Yes
2011 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da Yes Yes Yes
2014 Winter Sleep Kış Uykusu Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ Kalyoncu, Cemal A (2 June 2008). "Ürkek Ceylan Oscar yolunda". Aksiyon (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Nuri Bilge Ceylan-Biography". Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  3. ^ Nuri Bilge Ceylan | BFI | BFI. Retrieved on 2014-05-22.

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