Previously at the ICA - Films
27 Jul 2014
Uzak (Distant) tells the tale of an encounter between a melancholic and obsessive middle-aged photographer Mahmut, and his cousin, an unemployed country boy, Yusuf, who comes to Istanbul to find a job on a ship. The taciturn, parasitic man, beautifully played by Mehmet Emin Toprak, finds himself encroaching on the closed and colourless world of his cousin.
Rendering Istanbul as a desolate if intermittently picturesque snow-cloaked city, Nuri Bilge Ceylan draws on Chekhov and, visually, Tarkovsky, for an affecting and ultimately moving tale of the urban/rural dichotomy and the alienating affects of contemporary life.
Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, which won the Palme D’Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, will show at the ICA later in the year.
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Uzak (Distant), dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey 2002. Turkish with English subtitles. 110 mins, cert. 15
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