|Nuri Bilge Ceylan|
26 January 1959|
Mimar Sinan University
|Occupation||Film director, photographer|
Ceylan's love of photography started at the age of 15. While studying at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, he participated in cinema and photography clubs and he took passport-style photos to make pocket 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.
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. Until Climates, Ceylan's films are made on low budgets, with casts generally consisting of amateur actors, most of whom are family members (such as his mother and father).
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).
|Films, television & video|
|Year||English title||Turkish title||Credited as||Notes|
|1998||Small Town||Kasaba||Yes||Yes||Yes||Feature debut|
|2000||Clouds of May||Mayıs Sıkıntısı||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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|
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