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DISTANT

A photographer, who has carved out a small niche for himself in Istanbul's middle-class bourgeoisie, is haunted by the feeling that the gap between his life and his ideals is growing.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2003 17:59 IST
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DISTANT
Original Title:
Uzak
Turkey, 2002
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

A photographer, who has carved out a small niche for himself in Istanbul's middle-class bourgeoisie, is haunted by the feeling that the gap between his life and his ideals is growing. He is obliged to put up his cousin who has left his village and come to town in search of a job.

This young man is a dreamer. His dream is to board a ship and travel far. But what with the economic crisis, no one is willing to recruit a new sailor. While waiting to realise his dream, he turns into a lonely hunter chasing the nice-looking girls he comes across.

The older cousin eventually gets bored with him and accuses him of stealing something from the house; and even when he finds out that he is mistaken, he will not admit it...

Screenplay:
Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Cinematography:
Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Editing:
Ayhan Ergürsel, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Principal Cast:
Muzaffer Ozdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Nazan Kirimilis, Feridun Koç, Fatma Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan

Production:
NBC Films / 35 mm /colour / 110 mins

Director's bio-note:
Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul in 1959. After graduating from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Bogaziçi University, he studied filmmaking for two years at Mimar Sinar University. His first short film, Cocoon (Koza, 1995), was screened at Cannes.

He has also received many national and international awards for The Small Town (Kasaba) and The Clouds of May (Mayis Sikintisi) which was shown at Cinefan two years ago.

Distant, his third feature is the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes this year.