Today’s Zaman – ‘Winter Sleep’ director Ceylan says running time a drawback in Oscars

‘Winter Sleep’ director Ceylan says running time a drawback in OscarsTurkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has said he is aware that the three-hour-plus running time of his foreign-language Oscar hopeful drama andldquoKII Uykusuandrdquo (Winter Sleep) might be a drawback for the film in next yearand#39s Academy Awards, adding that he has never considered shortening the 196-minute film andldquoI didnand#39t restrain myself during the editing, and the result is this. Of course the rough cut was even longer, but thatand#39s always the case.

So I havenand#39t shortened the film for any other reason andhellip since I finished editing. It has always been 196 minutes.

andhellip The movie industry even openly asks you to shorten your film, but I never did that. andhellip Because the most important thing I have always tried to protect throughout my cinema [career] has been my [artistic] freedom,andrdquo Ceylan explained.

The auteur was speaking to reporters in New York on Wednesday evening, as he was introducing his Cannes Palme dand#39Or-winning andldquoWinter Sleep,andrdquo Turkeyand#39s official submission to the upcoming 87th Academy Awards, at its North American premiere.On the prospect of the film winning the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Ceylan said: andldquoI cannot speculate on something that is out of my control.

[Winning an Oscar] is certainly something that depends on the choices of others, but I believe the Palme dand#39Or would have a little effect [on the film being considered for the Academy Awards].andrdquoandldquoYet again the filmand#39s lengthy running time is a drawback regarding the Oscars, so weand#39ll wait and see,andrdquo Ceylan told the DoIan news agency at the premiere held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

andldquoWinter Sleep,andrdquo which follows a former actor who runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife, with whom he has a stormy relationship, was shown to a full house as the opening piece of andldquoFilmmaker in Focus: Nuri Bilge Ceylan,andrdquo a retrospective of films by Ceylan that runs from Oct. 29 through Nov.

5 at MoMACeylan made yet another reference to the epic running time of his film when he said, andldquoI hope youand#39re not feeling too sleepy tonight,andrdquo while introducing his film before the screening, drawing laughs and a standing ovation from the audience.andldquoWinter Sleepandrdquo is scheduled for release in US theaters on Dec.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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