Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
|Alma mater||Boğaziçi University|
Mimar Sinan University
|Occupation||Film director, photographer|
|Spouse(s)||Aylin Ünaldı Ceylan|
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 some 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.
Style and themes
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 were made on low budgets, with casts generally consisting of amateur actors, most of whom were family members (such as his mother and father).
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).
|Films, television & video|
|Year||English title||Turkish title||Credited as||Notes|
|1998||Small Town||Kasaba||Yes||Yes||Yes||Feature debut|
|2000||Clouds of May||Mayıs Sıkıntısı||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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|
|2018||The Wild Pear Tree||Ahlat Ağacı||Yes||Yes||Yes|
- Palme d'Or at 2014 Cannes Film Festival – Winter Sleep
- Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award (2008)
- Grand Jury Prize / Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival (2002 – Uzak ("Distant"), 2011 – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)
- FIPRESCI Award (1997 – Kasaba ("Small Town" or "The Town"), 2000 – Clouds of May, 2006 – Iklimler ("Climates")), 2014 – Winter Sleep
- Golden Orange Award for Best Director (1999 – Clouds of May, 2002 – Uzak (Distant), 2006 – Iklimler ("Climates"))
- Golden Orange Award for Best Screenplay (2002 – Uzak ("Distant"))
- Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Director (2008 – Üç Maymun ("Three Monkeys"), 2011 – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, 2014 – Winter Sleep
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