About Winter Sleep

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Winner of the Palme d’Or of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Ceylan’s most recent film blends elements of Ibsen, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov into a three-part symphony in dialogue. Aydin (Bilginer) imagines himself the local potentate in the district of Anatolia that surrounds his mountaintop hotel. A former actor who now bloviates in the local newspaper, Aydin’s supreme self-confidence blinds him to the resentment of those he takes to be his natural subjects—not just the villagers, but his wife and sister, who live with him in his mountain redoubt. Focusing on the seemingly unbridgeable divisions between classes and generations, Ceylan develops his themes of guilt, responsibility, faith, and spirituality into a family drama with deep implications. In Turkish; English subtitles. (2K DCP. 196 min. Not Rated)

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