30 August & 3 September
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (1959 – ) first came to international prominence after winning the Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Uzak, the final in a trilogy known as his ‘provincial trilogy’. He has since cemented his place as a fine director with winning Best Director at Cannes in 2008 for Three Monkeys and his most recent offering Once Upon A Time in Anatolia being awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes 2011. In reference to his latest work David Stratton said “I love this film…it’s a major film from a major director”. Interestingly Ceylan credits having first fallen in love with cinema at his local Cinémathèque in Istanbul!
**specially imported print**
The story of a couples’ dying love. Isa, played by Ceylan, is an academic, unfaithful to his wife, torn from within about what is expected from him and what he can give. His wife, Bahar (Ebru Ceylan, Nuri’s wife) is a beautiful woman and television producer who we see slowly accepts that her love for her husband cannot be. Her performance is captivating as the torture within unfolds. Ceylan’s background in photography is evident in all his work and this is no exception as the story is complimented with beautifully considered composition and colour.
A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth when the father, a local politician, convinces his driver to take the wrap for a hit and run accident. In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth. But does playing “Three Monkeys” invalidate the truth of its existence? Asserting a dry humour and astute psychological insight, some have said this to be a logical expansion to Climates. Ceylan’s photographic eye is most prevalent.