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‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan Reveals Next Feature

Written by on September 28, 2016 

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Following up one of the best films of the decade so far, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan picked up the Palme d’Or for his drama Winter Sleep. A few years later, he has returned for his next feature, which has been revealed today.

Arte (via Cine Europa) reports that financing has come together for Ceylan’s Le poirier sauvage (Ahlat agaci) (which loosely translates to The Wild Pear). The drama will follow Sinan, a man “who is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer.” The story finds him “returning to the village where he was born” as “he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, but his father’s debts catch up with him.”

“Whether we like it or not, we can’t help but inherit certain defining features from our fathers, like a certain number of their weaknesses, their habits, their mannerisms and much, much more. The story of a son’s unavoidable slide towards a fate resembling that of his father is told here through a series of painful experiences,” Ceylan says.

As we await more details on the film produced by Memento Films Production and Zeyno Film — which we imagine will be completed in time for Cannes 2018 — check out a career-spanning talk with Ceylan below when he came to NYFF for Anatolia.


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