Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s works, which reveal the Turkish identity at the intersection of East and West, focus on psychological portraits that capture the subtle richness of geographical places and local traditions as well as postmodern existential themes. His poignant works and honest depictions appear as parts of a never-ending movie, thus blurring the lines between art and life, revealing Ceylan’s realism.

The people in the perfectly organized panoramic photos seem to be responding to the gaze of Ceylan’s camera. These people sometimes appear curious, sometimes proud, sad or bored. Ceylan highlights the intricacy of life in his timeless photographs as well as in his movies. The strong expressionism in those frozen moments reveal that Ceylan’s talent is beyond a certain environment, culture or history.

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.

SELECTED WORKS
Midafternoon
Midafternoon
Sacrifice
Sacrifice
Shantytown in Altındağ
Shantytown in Altındağ
Lonely Boy
Lonely Boy
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