When Nuri Bilge Ceylan portrays people by staging them inside a perfectly ordered, panoramic environment, they seem to look back into his camera – still it’s him who decides how their look looks. Sometimes they seem curious, sometimes proud, sometimes sad or resignated. But it’s always their look back at the camera that forces us to keep them in mind, to wonder who they might be, what they might think. But we will never know, for the expression on their face is ambivalent, a mixture of different moods and feelings – the human soul consists of many levels.
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 latest film Winter Sleep (2014) received the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the festival.