Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkish: [ˈnuːɾi ˈbilɟe ˈdʒejlan], born 26 January 1959) is a Turkish photographer, filmmaker and actor best known for the Palme d'Or winning Winter Sleep (2014).[1]

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Born (1959-01-26) 26 January 1959 (age 64)
Alma materBoğaziçi University
Mimar Sinan University
Occupation(s)Film director, photographer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Aylin Ünaldı Ceylan
Ebru Ceylan
RelativesMehmet Emin Toprak (cousin)

Early lifeEdit

Ceylan was born in Istanbul on 26 January 1959.[2] His interest in photography started at the age of 15. While studying at Boğaziçi University he participated in cinema and photography clubs and he took passport-style photos to make some money. After graduating from university with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, he went to London and Kathmandu, Nepal, to decide what to do in life. Then he went back to Ankara, Turkey, to do military service. When he was in the army, he discovered that cinema would give shape to his life.[3]

Style and themesEdit

Ceylan's films deal with the estrangement of the individual, existentialism, the monotony of human lives, and the details of everyday life. He uses static shots and long takes, usually in natural settings, as well as play with sound, including the use of menacing silences. He is known for filming his protagonist from behind, which, in his view, leaves the audiences to speculate on the brooding emotions of characters whose faces are obscured. Ceylan's first films were made on low budgets, with casts generally consisting of amateur actors, most of whom were his family and neighbours.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to filmmaker, photographer, and actress Ebru Ceylan, with whom he co-starred in Climates (2006). He directed his cousin Mehmet Emin Toprak in three films.[5]

Ceylan named his ten favorite films in the "2012 Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll": Andrei Rublev (1966), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), L'Avventura (1960), L'Eclisse (1962), Late Spring (1949), A Man Escaped (1956), The Mirror (1975), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), Shame (1968), and Tokyo Story (1953).[6]


Films, television & video
Year English title Turkish title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Screenwriter
1995 Cocoon Koza Yes Yes Yes Short film
1997 The Small Town Kasaba Yes Yes Yes Feature debut
1999 Clouds of May Mayıs Sıkıntısı Yes Yes Yes
2002 Distant Uzak Yes Yes Yes
2006 Climates İklimler Yes Yes Yes Also actor
2008 Three Monkeys Üç Maymun Yes Yes Yes
2011 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da Yes Yes Yes
2014 Winter Sleep Kış Uykusu Yes Yes Yes
2018 The Wild Pear Tree Ahlat Ağacı Yes Yes Yes
TBA About Dry Grasses Kuru Otlar Üstüne Yes Yes Yes



  1. ^ Judah, Tara (6 April 2020). "Where to begin with Nuri Bilge Ceylan". British Film Institute. Retrieved 18 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Kalyoncu, Cemal A (2 June 2008). "Ürkek Ceylan Oscar yolunda". Aksiyon (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Nuri Bilge Ceylan-Biography". Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ Gibbons, Fiachra (6 May 2004). "Death in Yenice". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  5. ^ Gibbons, Fiachra (6 May 2004). "Death in Yenice". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  6. ^ Nuri Bilge Ceylan | BFI | BFI. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  7. ^ "APSA Nominees & Winners".

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