Waiting for Anatolia

Friday, March 2, 2012 10:02:32 AM

Uzak, film making, Turkish cinema, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ceylan, Three Monkeys, film art, films, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, film

I’m waiting to go and see Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s new film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, due out soon. Meanwhile here is an interview with the film-maker:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/feb/29/nuri-bilge-ceylan-interview?CMP=EMCFLMEML1672

Ceylan’s films are amazing, really slow burners but once burnt you are scarred forever. For example I went to see 3 Monkeys and found it – well not boring exactly but it didn’t quite gel for me. A few days later i happened to mention it someone, and suddenly found myself bursting out with some kind of deep understanding not only of the film itself but even of a deeper level of insight caused by the film… It was strange. I realized it was one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen.

Uzak
was the same, although I saw it on DVD (I regret that now, Ceylan is cinema, needs the big screen). Ceylan’s films are about relationships and how we never really know anyone and how we often don’t even know ourselves. yet we know people in ways they don’t know themselves. On the surface there is bleakness but this is shallow, beneath it is a huge compassion because however unknowing we are, we do strive to know.

©G. McIver 2012 all rights reserved

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