Clocking in at 3 hours and 16 minutes, Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s Winter Sleep is by far the longest feature in the Cannes competition line-up, and following the extraordinary Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, it’s also one of our most-anticipated. Following a video from the director discussing the project, we now have the first stills and synopsis from the feature. Arriving internationally in theaters this summer, but no U.S. distribution yet, check out the images and the brief synopsis above and below.

Aydin, retired actor, holds a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal, which he is emotionally distant, and his sister Necla still suffering from his recent divorce. In winter, snow covers the steppe as resentments are rekindled, pushing from Aydin.

Cannes also unveiled its line-up for the 53rd Semaine de la Critique (aka Critics Week) selection today. Djinn Carrenard’s Faire L’Amour (Making Love) will open the festival, while Melanie Laurent‘s second directorial feature Breath will premiere there. One of our most-anticipated of the line-up is David Robert Mitchell‘s (Myth of the American Sleepover) next coming-of-age film It Follows, which has some horror elements. Check out a video of programmer Charles Tesson unveiling the selection (including a batch of first look images), as well as the complete line-up.


Darker Than Midnight Sebastiano Riso

Gente de Bien Franco Lolli

Hope Boris Lojkine

It Follows David Robert Mitchell

Self Made Shira Geffen

The Tribe Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

When Animals Dream Jonas Alexander Arnby


Breathe Melanie Laurent

The Kindergarten Teacher Nadav Lapid

Hippocrate Thomas Lilti


Young Lions of Gypsy Jonas Carpignano

Goodnight Cinderella Carlos Conceicao

The Chicken Una Gunjak

Back Alley Cecile Ducrocq

Crocodile Gaelle Denis

Les fleuves m’ont laissée descendre où je voulais Laurie de Lassale

Little Brother Remi St-Michel

Safari Gerardo Herrero

TrueLoveStory Gitanjali Rao

A Blue Room Tomasz Siwinski

Which film are you most looking forward to?

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