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2012 World Poll
Some 'Top 10' lists of 2012 around the world...
Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da bazı ülkelerde 2011 yılı içinde, bazılarında ise 2012 yılı içersinde gösterime girdiği için aşağıdaki liste sadece 2012 de gösterime girdiği ülkeleri kapsıyor. 2011 listeleri için biraz daha aşağıya bakabilirsiniz. BZA'nın yer aldığı listelerden gözümüze çarpan birkaçı aşağıda:

Sight & Sound - İngiliz 'Sight and Sound' dergisi 90 sinema yazarına sorarak listesini hazırladı.
Village Voice - New York Village Voice gazetesinin en iyi 10 listesi.
Film Comment - New York'un bilinen sinema dergisinin en iyi 50 listesi.
Guardian - İngiliz 'Guardian' gazetesinin yazarları da 2012'nin en iyi on filmini seçti.
Guardian - Guardian'ın tanınmış yazarı Peter Bradshow'un şahsi en iyiler listesi.
Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune gazetesinin top 10 listesi video gallery şeklinde hazırlanmış.
Independent - İngiliz Independent gazetesi 2012'nin en iyilerini değerlendirmiş.
Dublin Film Critics - İrlandalı sinema yazarlarının yılın en iyi adayları.
Little White Lies - İngiliz dergisinin en iyi 10 listesi... BZA üçüncü sırada...
Globe and Mail - Amerikan 'Globe and Mail' yazarlarının kişisel listeleri.
Indiewire - Indiewire 200 sinema yazarının oylarıyla yılın en iyilerini seçti. Film, Yönetmen, Oyuncu vs...
Indiewire - Indiewire yazarı Eric Kohn'un kişisel listesi.
Indiewire - Indiewire burda yılın en iyi filmlerini değil, en iyi sahnelerini seçmiş. "Elma" listede.
New York Times - NYTimes sinema yazarı Stephen Holden'ın en iyi on filmi.
New York Times - NYTimes sinema yazarı Manohla Dargis'in en iyi on filmi (alfabetik).
Film Journal - Film Journal ve Cineaste'den Melissa ve Maria'nın top 10 listesi. (Video; for BZA bkz: 21.dakika)
San Francisco Examiner - San Francisco dergisinin yılın en iyi 10 filmi seçimleri.
Total Film - Total Film'den bu yıl kaçırmış olabileceğiniz 16 film listesi.
Total Film - Total Film'den senenin en iyi 50 filmi.
Independent - İngiliz Independent gazetesi yazarı Jonathan Romney'e göre yılın en iyileri.
Time Out London - Time Out London sinema yazarı Dave Calhoun'dan senenin en iyi 5 filmi.
Time Out London - Time Out London sinema yazarı Cath Clarke'dan senenin en iyi 5 filmi.
Time Out London - Time Out London sinema yazarı Trevor Johnston'dan senenin en iyi 5 filmi.
Time Out London - Time Out London sinema yazarı Geoff Andrew'dan senenin en iyi 5 filmi.
The Stranger - The Stranger sinema yazarı Charles Mudede'nin en iyi 5 filmi.
Holywood Reporter - Hollywood Reporter dergisi sinema yazarı Todd Mc Carthy'nin en iyi 10 film listesi.
Frankfurter Allgemeine - Frankfurter Allgemeine'nın en iyi 10 film listesi.
Slate Magazine - Slate'in en iyi 10 listesi.
Fandor - Bir çok sinema yazarının en iyi 10 listesi.
Reverse Shot - 2012'nin en iyi 10 filmi listesi.
The Arts Desk - The Arts Desk yazarlarının en iyi 10 listesi.
Slant Magazine - 2012'nin en iyi 25 filmi seçilmiş.
Never Knowingly Underwhelmed - 2012'nin en iyi 20 filmi seçilmiş. BZA 1.sırada...
They live by night - B.Ebiri'nin en iyi 10 filmi. BZA 1.sırada...
Hope Lies - 2012'nin en iyi 10 filmi seçilmiş.
Long Pauses - Yazar Darren Hughes senenin en iyi 10 filmini seçmiş.
Playlist - Christopher Bell senenin en iyi 5 filmini seçmiş.
Paste Magazine - Senenin en iyi 50 filmi.
Sound on Sight - Senenin en iyi 20 filmi.
FW Weekly - Senenin en iyi 10 filmi.
Circle Film Awards Nominations - Londra sinema yazarlarının geleneksel 33. circle film ödülleri adayları.
ICS (International Cinephile Society) Nominations - ICS'in çeşitli dallardaki adayları
Chicago Sinema Yazarları Birliği - En İyi Yabancı Film katagorisinde BZA'yı aday göstermiş.

December 2012

2013 Spirit Awards Nominations
In the best international film category, this year's most celebrated films from Cannes -- Michael Haneke's Amour and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, from Turkey -- will compete with Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone; Ursula Meier's Sister, from Switzerland; and Kim Nguyen's War Witch, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which also happens to be Canada's submission for the foreign-language film Oscar. For full nominations in LATimes >>>
December 2012


Nuri Bilge Ceylan's personal Top Ten List for Sight&Sound Poll
Once a decade Sight & Sound asks critics and directors to select the Greatest Films of All Time. Every ten years, the film magazine polls a number of critics, academics, and professionals and then tallies up the results for an ultimate list. The magazine also has a poll of directors for a second Top 10 list.
Asking for greatest lists from 358 directors around the world, and collating the votes into a separate top 10, and now they've unveiled the individual directors' lists in September 2012 issue of the magazine. And here is the Nuri Bilge Ceylan's list as printed in the magazine. (Note: The NBC list printed in Sight&Sound Magazine is correct but the NBC list in the website of Sight&Sound is not correct!)

 1-Mirror (Tarkovsky)
 2-Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)
 3-Tokyo Story (Ozu)
 4-Late Spring (Ozu)
 5-A Man Escaped (Bresson)
 6-Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson)
 7-Shame (Bergman)
 8-Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman)
 9-L'avventura (Antonioni)
10-L'eclisse (Antonioni)

September 2012


Ceylan's Carrosse D'or Award and Masterclass in Cannes Film Festival
Nuri Bilge Ceylan is receiving this year's Carrosse d'Or Award (Golden Coach) from the Society of Film Directors during the opening ceremony of the Directors' Fortnight at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Awarded by the French Directors Guild, the Carosse d'Or "pays tribute to filmmakers around the world who stand apart due to the innovative qualities of their films as well as their audacity and independence."
Before the award ceremony on May 17, Ceylan's 1999 film Clouds of May will screen at Cannes early in the day and then it will be followed by a masterclass with the director moderated by Arnaud Hée (journalist, Critikat). To watch part of it on Vimeo. >>>
The lifetime achievement award, Carrosse d'Or was created in 2002 by the France's Society of Film Directors, and has been awarded to legendary filmmakers including Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, David Cronenberg, Alain Cavalier, Jim Jarmusch and Agnès Varda. The prize is voted upon by the French Directors Guild and sponsored by fest partner Canal Plus.

May 2012

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Masterclass in Cannes

The Carrosse d'Or Poster
The Carrosse d'Or Award Ceremony

Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy (French distributor and coproducer of both Farhadi and Ceylan's latest films), Olivier Assayas, Amos Gitai, Thierry Fremaux, Michael Winterbottom, Z.Atakan and N.B.Ceylan at the lunch of festival president Thierry Fremaux


Nuri Bilge Ceylan's masterclass in Berlin Film Festival
Nuri Bilge Ceylan gave a masterclass named "In the Limelight" in The Talent Campus of Berlin Film Festival on 14 February 2012 at the old movie house of the Hebbel am Ufer theatre in Berlin. The discussion is moderated by the head of Campus, Matthijs Wouter Knol... To watch the masterclass, click here

February 2012

Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Matthijs Wouter Knol at the 'In the Limelight' session. © Peter Himsel

2011 World Poll
Some 'Top 10' lists of 2011 around the world...
Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da bazı ülkelerde 2011 yılı içinde, bazılarında ise 2012 yılı içersinde gösterime girdiği için, bazı listelerde değerlendirmeye alınmadı. BZA'nın yer aldığı listelerden gözümüze çarpan birkaçı aşağıda:
Sense of Cinema - Bir sürü sinema profesyonelinin kişisel listeleri yayınlanmış.
CinemaScope - Canada'dan sinema dergisi.
Chicago Sun-Times - Amerika'nın önemli sinema yazarları arasına giren Ali Arıkan'dan.
Sight & Sound - İngiltere'de gösterime girmiş veya girmemiş tüm filmler değerlendirilmiş.
Film Comment - 'BZA' 2011 içinde ABD'de henüz gösterime girmemiş filmler katagorisinde.
Ten Best Films - 'BZA' birinci sırada.

January 2012

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's masterclass in Kustendorf, Serbia
Nuri Bilge Ceylan was in Kustendorf, Serbia to show his films and to give a masterclass to the international film students. Film director Emir Kusturica is the founder, director and selector of the International film festival Kustendorf.

January 2012

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's masterclass in Kustendorf, Serbia

'Anatolia' - The Theatrical Release in United States
'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' has been released in the USA on January 4, 2012 by the American distribution company Cinema Guild. Here are some quotes from the press reviews :

"...Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan who in recent years has emerged as one of the consistently most exciting directors on the international scene. His latest, which shared the grand prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, takes the unassuming form of a police investigation that, as miles and words mount, evolves into a plangent, visually stunning meditation on what it is to be human..."
New York Times

"...Although Nuri Bilge Ceylan forged his reputation as one of the most exciting new practitioners of "Slow Cinema" to emerge during the late '90s, the Turkish filmmaker's engrossing films, which have reached their apex with his masterful Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, have increasingly found their basis in the outlines (if not the rhythms) of genre filmmaking. Not that this has earned him any notoriety in our genre-obsessed American movie culture. That this incredibly gifted filmmaker, whose style leans heavily on Antonioni but seems to have a dexterity, an interest in apparitions and a socio-national identity all its own, is not more well known stateside is some sort of misdemeanor offense. Were it another era, the cinema of Ceylan would already have been hailed as essential viewing for those trying to understand the intersection between the West and Islam that is modern Turkey..."
Film Maker Magazine

"...Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan takes his most ambitious and deeply rewarding step forward yet with Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, an epic procedural that doubles as an existential study in death and guilt, life and faith, science and law... But here, he successfully fuses the ponderous nature of his imagery to some of the more familiar trappings of genre filmmaking, making one of the most exciting, pensive, and bizarre police procedurals in recent memory"
The Film Critic

"...Once Upon a Time in Anatolia really is an examination of the absurd, empty, lonely nature of life itself. With the extremely composed ultra-wide shots that Ceylan favors to open scenes, the filmmaker manages to portray a group of humans as lost in the universe, tiny specks whose lives are so small compared to the greater mystery within which they are submerged. In some ways, it's a realist response to Terrence Malick's heralded The Tree Of Life..."
Tribeca Film

"...Long blessed with one of the best eyes on the international scene, Ceylan shoots most of the nighttime exteriors through the beams cast off by three pairs of headlights, which give the landscape a haunted quality that sets the tone. (Every turn brings the same carved hills, valleys, and ditches, in a mordant joke Ceylan does well to exploit.)..."

"...There's a moral question that is posed in the final sequences of the film. It's a question that hovers over the majority of the film, but is only truly expressed in the ending scene. It's a perfect scene that simultaneously rejoices in youth, expresses regret for the past, and seeks to correct the future. Ceylan's direction, spare, symbolic, and with finely detailed time shifts, allows the ending to breathe."
Sound on Sight

"...Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a subtle, gorgeous and mysterious allegory that may be Ceylan's masterwork to date. It's like an episode of CSI, scripted by Anton Chekhov..."

"...This is the work of immensely gifted image-makers who know how and when to amplify both beauty and ugliness, often to similar effect... In what may be the most beautifully and thematically rich shot of the entire film, for instance, an apple rolls down a hill and into a stream, floats downstream for several seconds, and finally comes to a stop. It's marvelous in a way words fail to express... "
Not Coming

"...Once Upon A Time In Anatolia is a remarkable film and, in my estimation, a contender to be remembered as a masterpiece. 'Masterpiece' is a word I do not use lightly, and one I reserve for films that have shaken me to my core and displayed a depth of artistry and feeling that is incredibly rare. Yes, we live in an age of hyperbole and yes, the thrill of the new can sometimes overwhelm our ability to recognize what will last, but there is something about Ceylan's work that transcends. Here, and not for the first time, Ceylan's incredible gifts as an image maker are put to the service of a complex, multifaceted story that is surprising for the simplicity of its premise and the vast richness of its execution. Like all great art, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia seems to be operating on a million levels all at once... Ceylan has made great films before. But with each new movie, his mastery of the form seems to expand, enriching his cinema with an otherworldly, poetic power that I find absolutely gripping. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia stands alongside the finest work in contemporary cinema, a thrilling example of a director in full command of his copious gifts."
The Back Row Manifesto

"Time's up, cinema aesthetes. Ring out the old, ring in the new. Stop looking at those 10 best lists and get on with your lives. The calendar has flipped over into 2012 and... I've already got a new #1. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which opens today in New York, will have plenty of competition throughout the coming year. Guaranteed, though, you will see very few films as masterfully designed and executed, or so heavy with thought that the extended silences that suspend the characters in time and space make even the most seemingly mundane interludes of dialogue feel loaded with quietly devastating significance.... "

"...A few days into 2012, and we already have a favorite for the New Year's best movie: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. It elevates the 52-year-old director to a new level of achievement... A grand narrative yarn spun from a number of smaller ones, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia demonstrates the truism that the more we know, the less we understand. Or is it vice versa? Perhaps the greater understanding is admitting how little we can know. "
Village Voice

"...Ceylan directs with such understated grace that its shifts in tone are almost imperceptible. It is at once a dark comedy and a cerebral examination of essential human truths... The essential truths his characters discover may seem small, even simple, when viewed on a personal level, but their ramifications are tremendous... "
From the Front Row

"...Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a film of multitudes. It refuses to give answers; opting, instead, to present the viewer with a cornucopia of complex characters and emotions. It never strays; there is not one single shot too many. It is superbly acted, wonderfully written, and immaculately shot. It is a masterpiece. "

American Poster

Around the world in 14 days
'Around the World in 14 Films' is an independent international film festival that every year brings 14 extraordinary films from 14 regions around the world, to show and share with Berlin's discerning cinema public.
Each of the 14 films will be presented by another leading German director, who will introduce both the film and the director, and then moderate a discussion with the audience and the director immediately after the film.
This year the independent German director Angela Schanelec presented Nuri Bilge Ceylan and his film 'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' to the audience and then moderated the discussion.
To watch the discussion, please click here.

December 2011

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's masterclass in Marrakech, Morocco
Nuri Bilge Ceylan talks giving up total control & his accidental embrace of genre elements...
We caught up with the director at the Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco, and with some prodding we were able to pull out some of his secrets and methods. >>> (Indiewire)

December 2011

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's masterclass in Marrakech, Morocco

Three Awards to 'Anatolia' at Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Two Oscar foreign-language contenders, Iran's "A Separation" and Turkey's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," were the big winners at Thursday's Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which took place in Queensland, Australia...
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" won awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography, as well as receiving the Screen International Jury Grand Prize. The two winners "are very different kinds of films, but both of them are the same in their excellence in every aspect of their filmmaking: from screenplay, to directing, to performances, to their technical craftsmanship such as cinematography and editing, everything," said APSA International Jury president Nansun Shi in a release announcing the winners... (Reuters)

November 2011

Dop Gökhan Tiryaki receiving his 'Best Cinematography' award

Ceylan to be chief guest at 17th Kolkata Film Festival, India
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan will be the international chief guest at the 17th Kolkata Film Festival. Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore will inaugurate the festival that will take place from November 10-17, 2011. The festival that had a reputation for showcasing art-house cinema only will also have Shahrukh Khan as a special guest this year. (DearCinema)

November 2011

Ceylan (at left) is in the press conference at Kolkata Film Festival

In the villages around Kolkata (Photos by Mehmet Eryilmaz)

'Anatolia' - French Release
'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' is opening in France by the French Company 'Memento' on the 2nd of November 2011 with about 50+ prints.
-For the reviews and interviews in the French media, go to press page.
-For the French trailer and the French Press kit.
-For the excerpt of 'Editing Diary' of Nuri Bilge Ceylan in 'Le Monde'.

November 2011

French Poster

'Anatolia' - New York Film Festival
The opportunity to see two intimidating landmarks — "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" and "The Turin Horse" — is reason enough for any filmgoer with more than a passing interest in the evolution of world cinema to be grateful for the platform of the New York Film Festival. Because the chances that either movie will soon be coming to a theater near you, as they say, are next to nil, the best time to see them may be at Alice Tully Hall in the coming week. The Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan's stately, absorbing 157-minute police procedural, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," has only one festival screening, on Saturday.(...)
Flecked with magical realist touches and a sense of the supernatural, the film takes no shortcuts as its characters discharge their laborious and depressing duties. The autopsy of the corpse concludes the film's sorrowful, unblinking dissection of the human condition. This third film by Mr. Ceylan to be showcased at the festival, following "Distant" in 2003 and "Climates," in 2006. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is, in a word, great. (New York Times) >>>

October 2011

On Saturday (8 October 2011) Walter Reade Theater's Furman Gallery hosted an intimate Q&A with acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and NYFF Associate Program Director Scott Foundas.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’ın Kurgu Günlüğü (Editing Diary of NBCeylan)
Altyazı Aylık Sinema Dergisi, Ekim 2011 sayısıyla birlikte okurlarına Nuri Bilge Ceylan’ın "Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da" filminin kurgusunu yaparken tuttuğu günlüğü hediye ediyor...
"(...)Ceylan'ın sözlerinde, bu coğrafyada sinema alanında örneğini bulmakta güçlük çekeceğimiz bir 'doğrudanlık' var. Çelişkilerle, yılgınlıklarla, coşkuyla, hatıralarla, kişisel bir tarihin içinde bir oraya bir buraya savrulan düşüncelerle dolu, 'günlük' sözünün hakkını veren metinler bunlar. Ve tam da Ceylan'ın başkalarına değil, esas olarak kendisine yazdığı metinler olduğu için bu günlüklerin çok değerli olduğuna inanıyoruz. Çünkü okunması en güzel metinler, yazan kişinin kendi hakikatini aradığı, o kişi için başka her şeyden ayrı bir 'iç değer' taşıyan metinlerdir. Üç Maymun'un Kurgu Günlüğü büyük bir yönetmenin duygu dünyasında gezindirmişti bizi. Sayfayı kapattığımız yerde Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da'nın Kurgu Günlüğü başlıyor. Yaratıcılığın esas olarak kurgu sürecinde başladığına inanan bir yönetmen, filmini kurgularken kendisi ve sanatı üzerine düşünmeye devam ediyor ve bizler de okuyoruz..."
(Fırat Yücel, Önsöz'den)

Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da filminin "Kurgu Günlüğü"
ücretsiz ek bir kitapcık olarak Altyazı Ekim 2011 sayısıyla birlikte...


'Anatolia' - The Theatrical Release in Turkey
'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' is opening in Turkey just after its Turkish Premiere in Adana Golden Boll Film Festival on September 23rd, 2011 in a total of about 60-70 screens by the Distribution Company Tiglon of Fida Film... For Turkish media on the film. >>>
September 2011

Turkish Poster

"Anatolia" in Sarajevo
'Anatolia' will be presented to the Sarajevo audience in the the Open Air Cinema by the director Ceylan and the numerous crew, leading protagonists of the film: Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan and Ercan Kesal. The arrival of the crew of the film 'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' at the Sarajevo Film Festival attracted also a large number of Turkish media which are coming to Sarajevo in order to follow the premiere screening of the film and presentation of the crew on the Sarajevo Red Carpet.
This film is the winner of the Grand Prix at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. 'Anatolia' won also the highest rate by the jury critique of the prestigious film magazine Screen International, who rated realizations from the competition programme of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The cast and crew attended a press conference on July 26th to answer questions

Ceylan with his son, Ayaz, on the red carpet of SFF

'Anatolia' - The First Screening in 'homeland' Turkey
Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da filminin Türkiye Galası Adana Altın Koza film Festivali bünyesinde yarışma dışı bir özel gösterim olarak 21 Eylül 2011 gecesi Cinebonus sinemalarında gerçekleşti. Film ekibi neredeyse tam kadro olarak Adana'ya geldi...
"Nuri Bilge Ceylan'ın son filmi Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da'nın Adana'da Altın Koza Film Festivali kapsamında yapılan galası, yoğun bir ilgiyle gerçekleşti. Alışıldık galalar gibi ünlüler geçidi şeklinde değil, Adana halkının katılımıyla. Alışveriş merkezi içindeki sinemanın iki salonunda düzenlenmesi planlanmıştı... Katılanların sayısı beklenenden çok olunca salonlara sığılmadı. Özellikle filmi yönetmenle birlikte izlemek isteyen seyirciler büyük salona girmekte ısrar etti, konuşmalar yapılıp alkışlı protesto bile düzenlenince, filmin başlaması iyice gecikti. Sonunda, bir çare bulunup en ısrarlı topluluğun da büyük salona girmesi sağlandı, ayrıca sığmayanlar için yeni bir salon daha açıldı. Yetmedi, önce sadece Yılmaz Erdoğan tek tek salonları dolaşıp seyircileri selamladı, birkaç dakika sonra da Nuri Bilge Ceylan "İyi seyirler" turuna çıktı. Nuri Bilge Ceylan filmleri halk tarafından en çok izlenen yönetmen olmaktan epey uzak, zaten daha çok kişinin izleyebilmesi ölçütlerine göre film çeken biri de değil. Marifeti, bildiğini yapmaktan şaşmayıp, bunu önce seyirciye değil dünya sinema otoritelerine kabul ettirmiş olması. Yine de, galasını İstanbul'da ünlüler kalabalığı yerine Anadolu'da halkla yapmayı tercih eden de o."

(Evrensel Kültür Dergisi)
Film ekibi ile ntv söyleşisi >>>

Altın Koza gala screening

Grand Prix at Cannes 2011
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" has been awarded with the Grand Prix at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Ceylan shared the award with Dardenne brothers for their film 'The kid with a bike"...

-For the special "Cannes Film Festival 2011" page of "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia", please click here.
-For the Screendaily star ratings of the international critics for the films in Cannes competition, click here.
May 2011

Ceylan shared the festival's Grand Prix with Dardenne brothers

'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' is at Cannes
It has been officially announced that Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, 'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia', has been selected to the competition section of 64th. Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 11th to 22th., 2011...  Please note that the Gala Screening of 'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' in Cannes will be on May 21st at 22h30 at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. The press screenings will be on 20th of May at 19h00 at the Debussy and at 22h30 at the Bazin and on May 21st at 15h00 at the Grand Theatre Lumiere.
15 April 2011

The press conference of the 64th Festival de Cannes, during which the Official Selections were announced by Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob, was held on April 15th 2011 at the Intercontinental le Grand Hotel

French order of merit
Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan was decorated with the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) on Tuesday in recognition of his contribution to the art of cinema. The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, established in 1957 by the then minister of culture, is part of the country's orders of merit and designed to recognize significant contributions in the fields of the arts and literature or the propagation of these fields. Ceylan was presented with the prize by French Consul General in İstanbul Herve Magro during a ceremony at the İstanbul Modern on Tuesday night.
14 April 2011

Ceylan receives the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French consul general in İstanbul


Lotus Award to Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan was given the "Lotus Award" at the 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok at a ceremony held on Friday night at Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok, an honor given annually to notable filmmakers on the world cinema scene.
Nov 2010


Awards to Ceylan
Turkish Presidential Award 2009 Aydin Dogan Foundation Award 2010 Homeros Award 2010


Honorary Doctorate to Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Bogaziçi University (Bosphorus University) has given to Nuri Bilge Ceylan Honorary Doctorate. Ceylan himself is a graduate of the Electronic Engineering Department of Bogaziçi University in 1985. For the full speech of the Rector, Prof.Dr.Kadri Özçaldıran, in the ceremony, please click here. (in Turkish)
June 2010


"Climates" and "Uzak" are in the "Best of the Decade" lists
As we are leaving behind the first 10 years of the 21st century, the newspapers, magazines and institutions are publishing their selections of "best of the decade" lists. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Uzak" and "Climates" have been selected among the best films of the 21st century in many countries.

• The intellectual film magazine of France, Positif, made its selections of the best films and directors of the decade
   by their 57 film writers' votes who contribute the magazine. Two of the Nuri Bilge Ceylan films are in the list. 'Uzak' is
   in the 11th place and 'Climates' is in 24th place in the list of about 30 films... And Nuri Bilge Ceylan is one of the
   10 best directors of the decade.
• English newspaper Times selected 40 best films of the last ten years. Uzak is in the 30th place in the list.
• American Chicago Tribune selected 15 best films of the decade. Climates is in the 3rd place.
• French best selling culture magazine Telerama has published 15 best films of the decade. Climates is in the 3rd place.
• British Film Institute's prestigous film magazine Sight&Sound selected their 30 best films of the decade. The list is
   in alphabetical order without ranking. Uzak is in the list... And for the Nick James' introduction to the films>>
Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto has pooled together a panel of local and international film curators, historians and
   archivists to vote on the what they felt were the most important contemporary and auteur driven motion pictures
   of the past 10 years. The result of the poll was a list of top 30 films of the past ten years. "Uzak" is in the list.
Film Comment magazine in New York also conducted an international poll of critics, programmers, academics,
   filmmakers, and others to identify the top films and filmmakers of the decade. "Uzak" is in this list as well.
Time Out London selected 101 films of the decade. Uzak is in the 18th place in the list.
• England's Telegraph has also included 'Uzak' in their 'best of the decade' list.

And some blogs:
Indiewire (USA)
Torontoist (Canada)
Light Sensitive (USA)
Ian Keenan (USA)
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January 2010


Photography book by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Panoramic Photographs of Turkey by Nuri Bilge Ceylan between the years 2003 and 2009 has been published by NTV in December 2009. The book is printed in a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies... more>>
December 2009




DVD box release in France

DVD box containing all films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan up to Three Monkeys has been released in France in October 2009.
The box also includes a 60 pages book with a preface written by Isabelle Huppert.
The book also contains articles on the films and the 'editing diary' of Nuri Bilge Ceylan which he wrote during the editing of 'Three Monkeys'.
In French...
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October 2009


Coen Brothers short film "World Cinema" 

"Chacun son Cinéma" projesi kapsamında ilk gösterimi 2007 Cannes Film Festivalinde yapılan Coen kardeşlerin kısa filmi "World Cinema" aşağıda izlenebilir. Film Nuri Bilge Ceylan'ın "İklimler" filmine göndermeler içeriyor. Ardından Coen kardeşlerin Alman Die Zeit gazetesinde film ile ilgili söyleşisi okunabilir.
Coen kardeşlerle söyleşi :
Katja Nicodemus, Die Zeit, 25 Eylül 2008

Die Zeit: Cannes Film Festivali'nin 50. Yıldönümü için bir kısa film çevirdiniz. Filmde şöyle bir ütopya vardı: Bir kovboy Amerika'nın herhangi bir yerinde bir sinemaya gider. Tesadüfen bir Türk sinemacının bir eserini izler. Bir ilişkinin dağılması üzerine yavaş bir filmdir bu. Ve kovboy filmi beğenir.
Joel Coen: Kovboyun izlediği film, Türk yönetmen Nuri Bilge Ceylan'ın İklimler filmi. Biz filmi iki sene önce gördük ve olağanüstü bulduk.
Ethan Coen: Bir kovboyun bu filmi beğenmesi çok güzel bir tasavvur.
Joel Coen: Mesele elbette bir kovboyun böyle bir filmi anlayamayacak olması değil.
Ethan Coen: Mesele, Amerika'da bir kovboyun Türk filmi izleyebileceği sinemaların çok az olması.
Joel Coen: Amerikalı kovboylar Türk filmleri izleyebilseydi ne güzel olurdu.
Ethan Coen: Ne güzel olurdu, evet.
Joel Coen: Evet.

August 2009


Ceylan is awarded with "La Grande Médaille de Vermeil" 

At a ceremony held on 6th of July at the Paris municipal building, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe presented a grand medal symbolizing the city of Paris to the director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The award, which was given for the first time in 1911 by the city of Paris, is presented to people who make artistic contributions to the people of the city. With this prize Ceylan joins a slate of world-renowned recipients of the medal, who include filmmakers David Cronenberg and Olivier Stone; French actor Jean Paul Belmondo, fashion designer Gianni Versace, awarded the medal in 1986 by then-Mayor Jacques Chirac; actors Maggie Cheung and Jackie Chan; and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling.
Ceylan, speaking at the ceremony, said he had first visited Paris 30 years ago when he was a student. "I had no money. I had to stay in parks and train stations. Life is very strange. I would not believe it then if they had told me I would be decorated with this medal one day" he said. "During my visits to Paris, the museums, architecture, bridges and statues of the city were my first education in the history of art."
Delanoe said they appreciated Ceylan's films and described him as "a contemporary and very big genius." Rejecting the views of French President Nicolas Sarkozy about Turkey's European Union membership, Delanoe said, "Doors should not be closed to Turkey, but they should be open." He said that Turkey's contribution to the construction of Europe was necessary.

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe presenting the grand medal of Paris to Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Bu yılki onur konuğu Türkiye olan Paris Film Festivali'nde adına özel bir bölüm de düzenlenen yönetmen Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Paris Belediye Başkanı Bertrand Delanoe'nin elinden kentin simgesel büyük madalyası ödülünü aldı. Ceylan'ın sinemasına olan hayranlığı iyi bilinen Paris Belediye Başkanı Delanoe, meşhur Belediye Sarayı'nda düzenlenen bir törenle şehrin simgesel ödülünü verirken 'Büyük Ceylan'ın görünenin ardındaki gerçek ve karmaşık insan ruhuna ait derinlikleri resmetme başarısından bahsetti. Delanoe, "Kapıları kapamak yerine kollarımızı açmamız gerek. Şartlar yerine getirildikten sonra Türkiye gibi zengin bir kültürün katılacağı yeni bir Avrupa Birliği'nin önemi büyük" diyerek Sarkozy politikasına karşı barışçıl yaklaşımıyla da dikkat çekti. Törende konuşan Ceylan ise 20'li yaşlarında beş parasız geldiği ve parklarda yattığı Paris'ten söz açarak, gezdiği müzeler aracılığıyla ilk sanat derslerini Paris'te aldığını söyledi. "Hayat çok garip, o zamanlar şimdi burada, bu ödülü alacağımı söyleselerdi, katiyen inanmazdım" diyen Ceylan, bu gelişinde tüm gün bisikletle gezdiği Paris'i, metro yerine caddeler üzerinde keşfetmenin hoşluğundan bahsetti. Ceylan, Reha Erdem gibi törene katılan sinemacılarımıza ithafen de "Bu ödülü onlar için de alıyorum" dedi. Törene katılan Paris Film Festivali'nin başkanı ünlü oyuncu Charlotte Rampling ise Ceylan'ın sinemasına övgüler yağdırarak, "Onun derinliği ve insan adına söyledikleri beni çok ilgilendiriyor" dedi.
(Sabah, Esin Küçüktepepınar, Paris)
7 July 2009


Nuri Bilge Ceylan was in the Cannes Jury 

62. Cannes Film Festival came to an end with the closing ceremony on 25th May 2009. Nuri Bilge Ceylan was in the jury presided by Isabelle Huppert... 'White Ribbon' by Haneke was awarded the Palme d'or and Brillante Mendoza was the Best Director.
30 May 2009
From Left: Shu Qi (Actress, Taiwan); Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Director, Turkey); Isabelle Huppert (Actress, France); Asia Argento (Actress, Italy); Robin Wright Penn (Actress, USA); Hanif Kureishi (Writer, England); Sharmila Tagore (Actress, India); Chang-dong Lee (Director, South Korea); James Gray (Director, USA)


The Guardian Interview at BFI Southbank

Onstage at BFI Southbank, the Turkish director tells Geoff Andrews about what made him switch from photography to film-making, why his latest film is a departure from the autobiographical works of the past and why he never wants to shoot on film again...
To read the full interview in Guardian, please click here.

8 February 2009


Nuri Bilge Ceylan to lead Sarajevo Competition jury
The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced the feature film competition jury for its August event. Turkish writer/director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, fresh from his Best Director win in Cannes for Three Monkeys, will serve as president of the jury. The other jury members are UK director Hugh Hudson, Croatian actress Marija Skaricic, German sales veteran Michael Weber of The Match Factory, and Taormina artistic director Deborah Young.
(Screen International)
30 May 2008