Nuri Bilge Ceylan • Turkey • 2014
Cappadocia, present day. Aydin, a retired actor, runs a small hotel, where he lives with beautiful young wife Nihal and his recently divorced sister. Growingly restless in this provincial region, Nihal busies herself with small philanthropic projects; Aydin, meanwhile, pontificates on moral issues in a weekly column for the local paper. Also a landlord, Aydin encounters friction with a local family—two brothers have failed to pay their rent for many months. As snow begins falling across the picturesque hills, tensions threaten to boil over within Aydin's family and community.
A brilliantly scripted chamber drama touching upon themes of pride, isolation, and class discord, Winter Sleep offers a riveting journey—social and psychological—into the Anatolian landscape. Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan's seventh feature premiered at San Sebastián, Toronto, and the Cannes International Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or. Winter Sleep was Turkey's official submission for the 87th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.
Essay: The Politics of a Stone in Winter Sleep