Close Up

3 November 2018: Uzak


Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2002 | 110 min | Colour | 35mm
Turkish with English subtitles

“Ceylan’s cinema of loneliness achieved international recognition with this, his third feature, which won the Grand Jury Prize and an acting award for its two leading performers at the Cannes Film Festival. Mahmut is a cosmopolitan photographer who lives in a permanent funk in fashionable Istanbul; when an awkward country cousin, Yusuf, turns up on his doorstep, seeking a place to crash while he conducts a futile search for employment, Mahmut is both grateful for the companionship and resentful of the intrusion. The men may share the space of Ceylan’s meticulously composed frames, but their lives move inexorably in different directions, toward different solitudes.” – MOMA

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