Winter Sleep

Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkey

196

15

Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes, Winter Sleep is the new film from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Three Monkeys, Uzak, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia). 

Typically bold and beautiful, it’s about Aydin (Bilginer), a wealthy, retired actor who runs a small hotel – House Othello, in a nod to his former stage career – in a remote mountain village in central Anatolia, and the inescapable pressures the isolated landscape puts on his marriage.

He’s a fixture of the community with many interests – including writing for the local paper and researching a book on the Turkish theatre, in addition to various business concerns – and rules over it with what he considers benevolence, but others possibly don’t; evidenced initially by a local boy smashing his car window with a rock. Meanwhile his beautiful young wife Nihal (Sözen) is contemplating the state of their marriage, and winter is setting in; with tensions palpably rising, Aydin’s fortunes are suddenly in flux.

Mesmeric, exquisitely framed, emotionally and intellectually resonant, Winter Sleep shows Ceylan in supremely confident form.

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New Wave Films

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