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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

07 November, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

LIFE’S mysteries, and the quest to understand them, is at the heart of film-maker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s works: he not only provides plots that keep the viewer guessing, he provides a platform for grander questions to be considered.

His back catalogue is impressive, and now available as a complete set – the perfect way to see off the winter nights.

His first film, Kasaba, is a story of a small town in Turkey told through the eyes of children.

It is a coming-of-age tale that does not rely on a grandstand eye-opener of a plot twist, rather a series of observations that create a wider picture.

It won him critical acclaim.

Perhaps his best-known films are Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, pictured, and The Wild Pear Tree.

The former, made in 2011, is perhaps his most traditional in terms of storytelling.

We meet two tipsy criminals being walked through lonely hillsides by detectives trying to find a body – and it sets in motion a many-layered crime drama.

Its title is telling, too: this has elements of a Turkish Spaghetti Western, with hints of Sergio Leone in how it’s shot (you could be forgiven for expecting the Man with No Name, chewing a cheroot, to appear on the horizon).

The Wild Pear Tree tells of a graduate returning home after completing a degree and having to consider what his future holds against the backdrop of family strife, cultural norms and a sprinkling of lost romance.


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