TODAYSZAMAN.COM – Ceylan’s ‘Winter Sleep’ named Turkey’s Oscar nominee

Ceylan’s ‘Winter Sleep’ named Turkey’s Oscar nomineeTurkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylanand#39s Palme dand#39Or prize-winning drama andldquoKII Uykusuandrdquo (Winter Sleep) has been selected to represent Turkey in the Best Foreign Language Film category in the upcoming Academy Awards, according to a Twitter post by Culture and Tourism Minister mer elik on Monday.elik wrote on his official Twitter account on Monday: andldquoThe movie that will represent Turkey in the and#39Best Foreign Language Filmand#39 category at the 87th Academy Awards this year has been determined.

Nuri Bilge Ceylanand#39s and#39Winter Sleep,and#39 which won the Palme dand#39Or at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, is on the road to the Oscars. Congratulations — I hope Ceylan will show the same success during his Oscar journey as he has many times in the international arena I wish him success.

andrdquoandquotWinter Sleepandquot is the third film by Ceylan to be selected by Turkey for the foreign Oscar race. His 2011 film andldquoBir Zamanlar Anadoluand#39daandrdquo (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) was Turkeyand#39s candidate for the 84th Oscars while in 2009 his andldquou Maymunandrdquo (Three Monkeys) managed to make it to the nine-film shortlist at the 81st Academy Awards.

An epic drama with a running time of three hours and 16 minutes, andldquoWinter Sleepandrdquo follows the story of a former actor (played by Haluk Bilginer) who runs a small hotel in Central Anatolia with his young wife, with whom he has a stormy relationship, and his sister, who is distressed by her recent divorce.andldquoWinter Sleepandrdquo is the seventh feature by Ceylan, a regular at the Cannes festival, where six of his films, including his 1995 short film andldquoKozaandrdquo (Cocoon), had their world premieres.

andldquoWinter Sleepandrdquo beat out 17 other titles in the official selection at this yearand#39s Cannes, which also included the newest efforts of such high-profile directors as Franceand#39s Jean-Luc Godard, Britainand#39s Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, Canadaand#39s David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan and Belgiumand#39s Dardenne brothers. It is the second Turkish film deemed worthy of the Palme dand#39Or, the first being andldquoYolandrdquo (The Road), by YIlmaz Guney and Ierif Gren, which won the prestigious prize in 1982.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Jan. 15, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for Feb.

22 in Hollywoodand#39s Dolby Theatre.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman