Synopsis: The most internationally acclaimed Turkish film of recent years is the bittersweet tale of the encounter between melancholic and obsessive middle-aged photographer Mahmut and his unemployed country boy cousin Yusuf, who has come to Istanbul to find a job on a ship. Sometimes comic, sometimes sad, but always visually beautiful Uzak offers great insight into its themes of friendship and loneliness and features wonderful performances from Muzaffer Ozdemir as Mahmut and the late Mehmet Emin Toprak as Yusuf. 110 minutes, Cert. 15
Festivals and Awards:
Grand Jury Prize, and Best Actor Award, Cannes Film Festival
Best Film of the Year, FIPRESCI Grand Prix, International Federation of Film Critics
Premio Trieste 2004 for the best film, Trieste Film Festival, Italy
Estonian Critics' Prize, Black Nights Film Festival
Golden Antigone prize and the Critics' Award in the Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier
Best Film, Cinemataya Film Festival, India
Best Film, Cinemanila Film Festival, Philippines
Best Director and Best Cinematography, Film Festival of Mexico City
Silver Hugo prize, the 39th Chicago International Film Festival
Best film and Best Director, the 22nd Istanbul Film Festival
Best Film and Best Actor, the 39th Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey.
Also screened and scheduled to be screened in many international film festivals.
It was opened in various cinemas in France in February 2004, and in New York on March 12, 2004.
About the Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1959. After graduating from Engineering Department of Bosphorus University, he studied film-making for two years at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan started an astonishing career with a few well-noticed and awarded shorts, including Koza (Cocoon, 1995 -- Official Selection in the short film competition of Cannes Film Festival ). His award winning, critically acclaimed feature films Kasaba (The Small Town, 1997 -- Winner of 18 international awards, including Caligari Prize in the 1998 Berlin Film Festival) and Clouds of May were also screened in previous Boston Turkish Film Festivals.
Filmography: Koza (Cocoon, 1995), Kasaba (The Small Town, 1997), Mayis Sikintisi (Clouds of May, 1999), Uzak (Distant, 2003)
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