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With only seven features and one short film to his credit, the Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan has become one of the most respected names in world cinema, a contemporary master with an attentive, concentrated, slow-burn style all his own. Using a mix of professional and amateur performers (sometimes including his wife and writing partner, Ebru Ceylan), the filmmaker constructs a world of both breathtaking physical immediacy and philosophical distance. An accomplished photographer, Ceylan seems to coax his films organically from their settings, using mood, widescreen framing, and a contemplative pace to draw the viewer into his world—which can be as lonely as it is beautiful.

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, and Dave Kehr, Adjunct Curator, Department of Film.

Prints courtesy of Adopt Films, Cinema Guild, and Zeitgeist Films.