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DIRECTED BY NURI BILGE CEYLAN

In his ninth feature, Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (DISTANT, WINTER SLEEP) plumbs his signature themes of moral ambiguity, desire, and discontent through the life of an 8th-grade art teacher stationed in a remote Anatolian village. Samet is his own worst enemy — at once romantic and cynical, idealistic and underachieving, intellectually ravenous and indolent. Against the backdrop of snowy vistas, an investigation into alleged misconduct, a brilliant philosophical face-off with a female colleague (Merve Dizdar — winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes), and the betrayal of a friend converge to expose the most passionate and thorny layers of human nature. “A masterpiece.” – Tomris Laffly, The Wrap

2023     197 MIN.     TURKEY     SIDESHOW/JANUS FILMS
IN TURKISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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“I urge you to go. The movie brims with a bitingly melancholy Chekhovian spirit…nimble, alert, and alive in ways that seem to have taken Ceylan himself by surprise. Laserlike intelligence and bracing warmth of [Merve] Dizdar’s performance (which won her the Best Actress prize at Cannes last year).”
– Justin Chang, The New Yorker
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“Mesmerizing…an astute analysis of the modern Turkish intellectual’s place in society, in all its infuriating complications, its social paralysis, and self-defeating self-absorption.”
– Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine / Vulture

“Novelistic in a most nourishing way… By chapters a bristling classroom drama, a provocative ethics lesson, a bitterly conflicted love triangle and an unsparing anatomy of an everyday misanthrope, it finds Ceylan’s gifts in their finest form since 2011’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA.”
– Guy Lodge, Variety

“Engrossing…with a wry and even generous eye. It’s a gorgeous film, in Ceylan’s typical naturalistic style, and one that follows the novelistic impulse, complete with a self-absorbed antihero at its center.”
– Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

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