Nuri Bilge Ceylan, when portraying people, through a myriad of expressions, it’s his preferred one that is caught in the immaculately ordered panoramic frame. Taken in various corners of Turkey, the panoramic scenes elevate the viewer as in his movies where time decelerates and feels like it is stagnating.People appear curious, proud, somber or simply are caught in a moment of surrender. It’s the look of the person that is inscribed in the memory of the spectator accompanied by a lingering inquiry into their story or what they were thinking at the moment of the photographic act. Their complicated expressions deny intrusion into the multilayered quality of the soul.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (b.1959, Istanbul) graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and he studied cinema at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University for two years. After a short film titled Cocoon in 1995, his Small Town and Clouds of May were screened at the Berlin Film Festival. With his subsequent films Distant, Climates, Three Monkeys and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,he won the Grand Jury Prize (twice), Best Director, Best Actor, and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His film Winter Sleep (2014) received the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the festival.