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January 2010

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NBC Film'den açıklama
Nuri Bilge Ceylan'ın Facebook, Twitter veya benzeri sitelerin hiçbirinde herhangi bir hesabı bulunmamaktadır. Varolanların hepsi bilmediğimiz birileri tarafından açılmıştır. Bilgilerinize arzolunur.

September 2009

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Coen Brothers short film "World Cinema"
"Chacun son Cinéma" projesi kapsamında ilk gösterimi 2007 Cannes Film Festivalinde yapılan Coen kardeşlerin kısa filmi "World Cinema" aşağıda izlenebilir. Film Nuri Bilge Ceylan'ın "İklimler" filmine göndermeler içeriyor. Ardından Coen kardeşlerin Alman Die Zeit gazetesinde film ile ilgili söyleşisi okunabilir.

Coen kardeşlerle söyleşi
Katja Nicodemus, Die Zeit, 25 Eylül 2008

Die Zeit: Cannes Film Festivali’nin 50. Yıldönümü için bir kısa film çevirdiniz. Filmde şöyle bir ütopya vardı: Bir çoban Amerika’nın herhangi bir yerinde bir sinemaya gider. Tesadüfen bir Türk sinemacının bir eserini izler. Bir ilişkinin dağılması üzerine yavaş bir filmdir bu. Ve çoban filmi beğenir.
Joel Coen: Çobanın izlediği film, Türk yönetmen Nuri Bilge Ceylan’ın İklimler filmi. Biz filmi iki sene önce gördük ve olağanüstü bulduk.
Ethan Coen: Bir çobanın bu filmi beğenmesi çok güzel bir tasavvur.
Joel Coen: Mesele elbette bir çobanın böyle bir filmi anlayamayacak olması değil.
Ethan Coen: Mesele, Amerika’da bir çobanın Türk filmi izleyebileceği sinemaların çok az olması. Joel Coen: Amerikalı çobanlar Türk filmleri izleyebilseydi ne güzel olurdu.
Ethan Coen: Ne güzel olurdu, evet.
Joel Coen: Evet.
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August 2009

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Ceylan is awarded with "La Grande Médaille de Vermeil"
At a ceremony held on 6th of July at the Paris municipal building, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe presented a grand medal symbolizing the city of Paris to the director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The award, which was given for the first time in 1911 by the city of Paris, is presented to people who make artistic contributions to the people of the city. With this prize Ceylan joins a slate of world-renowned recipients of the medal, who include filmmakers David Cronenberg and Olivier Stone; French actor Jean Paul Belmondo, fashion designer Gianni Versace, awarded the medal in 1986 by then-Mayor Jacques Chirac; actors Maggie Cheung and Jackie Chan; and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling.
Ceylan, speaking at the ceremony, said he had first visited Paris 30 years ago when he was a student. "I had no money. I had to stay in parks and train stations. Life is very strange. I would not believe it then if they had told me I would be decorated with this medal one day" he said. "During my visits to Paris, the museums, architecture, bridges and statues of the city were my first education in the history of art."
Delanoe said they appreciated Ceylan's films and described him as "a contemporary and very big genius." Rejecting the views of French President Nicolas Sarkozy about Turkey’s European Union membership, Delanoe said, "Doors should not be closed to Turkey, but they should be open." He said that Turkey's contribution to the construction of Europe was necessary.

7 July 2009


Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe presenting the grand medal of Paris to Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Bu yılki onur konuğu Türkiye olan Paris Film Festivali'nde adına özel bir bölüm de düzenlenen yönetmen Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Paris Belediye Başkanı Bertrand Delanoe'nin elinden kentin simgesel büyük madalyası ödülünü aldı. Ceylan'ın sinemasına olan hayranlığı iyi bilinen Paris Belediye Başkanı Delanoe, meşhur Belediye Sarayı'nda düzenlenen bir törenle şehrin simgesel ödülünü verirken 'Büyük Ceylan'ın görünenin ardındaki gerçek ve karmaşık insan ruhuna ait derinlikleri resmetme başarısından bahsetti. Delanoe, "Kapıları kapamak yerine kollarımızı açmamız gerek. Şartlar yerine getirildikten sonra Türkiye gibi zengin bir kültürün katılacağı yeni bir Avrupa Birliği'nin önemi büyük" diyerek Sarkozy politikasına karşı barışçıl yaklaşımıyla da dikkat çekti. Törende konuşan Ceylan ise 20'li yaşlarında beş parasız geldiği ve parklarda yattığı Paris'ten söz açarak, gezdiği müzeler aracılığıyla ilk sanat derslerini Paris'te aldığını söyledi. "Hayat çok garip, o zamanlar şimdi burada, bu ödülü alacağımı söyleselerdi, katiyen inanmazdım" diyen Ceylan, bu gelişinde tüm gün bisikletle gezdiği Paris'i, metro yerine caddeler üzerine keşfetmenin hoşluğundan bahsetti. Ceylan, Reha Erdem gibi törene katılan sinemacılarımıza ithafen de "Bu ödülü onlar için de alıyorum" dedi. Törene katılan Paris Film Festivali'nin başkanı ünlü oyuncu Chatlotte Rampling ise Ceylan'ın sinemasına övgüler yağdırarak, "Onun derinliği ve insan adına söyledikleri beni çok ilgilendiriyor" dedi.
(Sabah, Esin Küçüktepepınar, Paris)

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan was in the Cannes Jury
62. Cannes Film Festival came to an end with the closing ceremony on 25th May 2009. Nuri Bilge Ceylan was in the jury presided by Isabelle Huppert... 'White Ribbon' by Haneke was awarded the Palme d'or and Brillante Mendoza was the Best Director.

30 May 2009


THE JURY
From Left: Shu Qi (Actress, Taiwan); Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Director, Turkey); Isabelle Huppert (Actress, France); Asia Argento (Actress, Italy); Robin Wright Penn (Actress, USA); Hanif Kureishi (Writer, England); Sharmila Tagore (Actress, India); Chang-dong Lee (Director, South Korea); James Gray (Director, USA)

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The Theatrical Release in United States
'Three Monkeys' has been released in the USA on May 1, 2009 by the American distribution company Zeitgeist Films. Here are some quotes from the press reviews :

"...Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been a star of the international art-film circuit... The film’s shifting, elusive point of view is evidence of Mr. Ceylan’s skill. But he keeps himself, and the audience, safely outside the cage, while the four hapless beings inside suffer and struggle, beyond the reach of our compassion, as if some coldhearted creator had made them for no purpose beyond his own amusement."
New York Times

"...Three Monkeys examines the impact of actively ignoring the misdeeds of those around us, and around this premise Ceylan creates a film which is deeply emotional yet highly restrained, an intense human drama which always feels utterly authentic. The skill Ceylan has in conveying the complex inner lives of his characters is perfectly complemented by his peerless visual style, making Three Monkeys a rich, complete cinematic experience. Each textured shot is beautifully lit and composed, with the subdued, muddied interiors and the expansive brooding skies all adding to Ceylan's masterful vision of a world in perpetual shadow."
Film Maker Magazine

"...Ceylan has the courage to perceive more, and capture what he perceives with greater soul and more understanding of cinema, than any other living director."
The Brooklyn Rail

"Turkey's leading filmmaker, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, won the best direction prize at Cannes last year for the psychologically suspenseful, spare and contemplative neo-noir "Three Monkeys," a stunningly visual mastery of moods... Unpredictable and gratifying, "Three Monkeys" emerges as a mordant cautionary tale on the contagiousness of corruption..."
Los Angeles Times

"...Yeah, right. Three Monkeys only reaffirms Ceylan’s status as one of modern cinema’s true giants. With this haunting study of a family who is unable to shake memories of its tragic past, Ceylan has crafted a supremely tense noir thriller that plays by its own riveting rules..."
Hammer to nail

"...It takes a strong stomach, though, to follow the pitiless gaze the director casts on this benighted crew for whom, bourgeois or not, moral discrimination may be a luxury it can’t afford. Life itself couldn’t punish them as harshly as their creator does."
Los Angeles Weekly

"...masterpiece of Transcendentalist cinema..."
Film Journal

"...Whether Ceylan speaks of or for Turkey is open for debate, but what’s remarkable about his fifth feature, Three Monkeys, is how he stamps a fairly straightforward genre piece with the marks of his own artistry. That may well be all we can really ask for in a filmmaker, and I’m happy to believe that, in his hazy, grey shots of the vast expanse of the Bosporus, he’s providing access to another world."
Reverse Shot

"...What is it about Three Monkeys that pulls you out of yourself? The answer, which marks this film as pure cinema, is "Everything at once."... There isn't an element, a gesture, a moment of Three Monkeys that doesn't lock in with the others and feel true..."
The Nation

"I often think that the absolute best films, aesthetics aside, are the ones that are able to challenge its viewers morally. Three Monkeys, a crime drama out of Turkey, is one of the latest champions at being able to make a lot out of a rather simple but serious predicament... "
A blast of Silence

"...Ceylan has crafted a world of shiny, somber faces against huge black clouds, windy terraces overlooking the sea, and wet winding roads containing careless individuals, all adding up to his most riveting piece of cinema to date. "
Are the hills going to march off

"...By the time the film arrives at its final shot, a masterpiece of pathetic fallacy that is so fortunately choreographed by nature you’d swear that Ceylan had control of the elements, the crescendo of emotion has reached its climax and there is nothing left to do but watch the clouds open up relieve the pressure. This is what movies were made for, a classic tragedy that uses the power of the big screen to create a world of complexity, intensity and the inevitable realization that human nature is something eternal; a cycle of corruption that is built into our very fiber..."
Indiewire


American Poster

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'Three Monkeys' is Best Film in RiverRun Film Festival, USA
"Three Monkeys" took the top honors Best Film and Best Actress Awards yesterday at the RiverRun International Film Festival in North Carolina, USA.
The Competition jury includes Lucasfilm distribution executive Eric Besner; Wake Forest University professor and Hollywood Reporter film critic Peter Brunette; Salon.com film critic Andrew O’Hehir; Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival; and Callie Martin, a filmmaking student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
The list of winners are:
-Best Film: Three Monkeys
-Best Director: Il Divo
-Best Screenplay: Tulpan
-Best Actress: Hatice Aslan (Three Monkeys)
-Best Actor: Toni Servillo (Il Divo)


27 April 2009

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Ceylan is in the jury of 62. Cannes Film Festival
Nuri Bilge Ceylan will be one of eight jury members in this year's Cannes Film festival to be held from May 13 to 24.
At a press conference held in Paris the previous day, this year's Cannes jury members, who will choose the winner of the coveted Palme d'Or prize, were announced. Alongside Ceylan, British novelist Hanif Kureishi and U.S. filmmaker James Gray are also on the jury, which will hand out awards after 12 frenzied days of red carpet screenings and showbiz parties. The jury will be chaired by French actress Isabelle Huppert.
The competition lineup includes titles by well known directors like Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Lars von Trier, Ang Lee, Jane Campion, Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, Alain Resnais, Gaspar Noe and Tsai Ming Liang.

24 April 2009

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Zeitgeist Gets “Three Monkeys” From New Yorker
In the wake of the recent sudden closure of New Yorker Films, Zeitgeist Films has secured a deal for all US rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys,” the Cannes best directing prize-winner.
Previously set for a theatrical release this month, the movie’s distribution plan will be altered slightly, but Zeitgeist said today in a statement that they will, “continue and amplify the release pattern already established by New Yorker.” The company is hoping to release the film in New York City in April 2009.
“For me Zeitgeist is the finest film distributor around,” New Yorker’s Dan Talbot said in a statement today. “I’m delighted that they are handling this marvelous film.”
Described as “a twisty, noirish tale that opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit and run accident,” the “Three Monkeys” description continues, “Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur to take responsibility. This sets off a series of events in a household already simmering with hidden tensions.”
In a statement, Zeitgeist Co-President’s Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo said that they, “feel very keenly the responsibility that Dan has given us for doing our best with ‘Three Monkeys’,” adding, “We’re honored that he would choose us to release this film and we also feel that he made the right choice.” The company released Ceylan’s previous film, “Climates.”
(by Eugene Hernandez, Indiewire)

4 March 2009

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Yeşilçam Awards 2009
Yeşilçam Awards for the year 2009 have been given in İstanbul with a ceremony. This year’s Yeşilçam Award winners were determined by a 1,500-person jury, which included names from business, culture and media circles. 'Three Monkeys' was awarded in 6 catagory including the Best Film and the Best Director. Here are the results:
Best Film: Three Monkeys
Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Three Monkeys)
Best Screenplay: Ebru Ceylan, Ercan Kesal ve Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Three Monkeys)
Best Actress: Hatice Aslan (Three Monkeys)
Best Actor: Onur Saylak (Sonbahar / Autumn)
Besy Cinematography: Gökhan Tiryaki (Three Monkeys)
Best Film Music: Aria Müzik (Issız Adam)
Young Talent Award: Ahmet Rıfat Şungar (Three Monkeys)

3 March 2009


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The Theatrical Release in England
'3 Monkeys' is opening in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2009 by the English distribution company New Wave Films. Here are some quotes from the press reviews :

"Please don't ask me to pronounce his name, but Nuri Bilge Ceylan is quietly becoming a major force in European cinema..."
Independent

"Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan is not a household name, but for those who adore him he’s something of a god — a god of small things..."
Evening Standard

"The excellent performances, sound and cinematography of Three Monkeys make the film hard to dislodge from the memory."
Telegraph

"Turkish thriller is an atmospheric masterclass... This level of screen chemistry is truly rare."
Times

"...So long as you can adjust to the singular pace of the story-telling, then this film, which won Ceylan the best director award at Cannes last year, is a powerfully affecting piece."
Financial Times

"The nature of cinema is also to reveal some kind of truth. This undercurrent simmers beneath the surface of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's subtle and fascinating Three Monkeys, a film in which a family's lies uncover a deeper honesty..."
Little White Lies

"The Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has always struck me as one of cinema's poets. With this movie, however, he looks like one of cinema's novelists..."
Guardian

"Nuri Bilge Ceylan takes on film noir - and makes it very much his own..."
New Stateman

"It's true: it's no easy watch. But that is, I think, it's strength..."
Movie reviews for greedy capitalist bastards

"In just five films, Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan has become one of the most intensely discussed directors..."
Electric Sheep

"...a powerful and stark portrayal of political venality and personal betrayal."
Guardian (Observer)


English Poster-1

English Poster-2

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The Guardian Interview at BFI Southbank
Onstage at BFI Southbank, the Turkish director tells Geoff Andrews about what made him switch from photography to film-making, why his latest film is a departure from the autobiographical works of the past and why he never wants to shoot on film again...
To read the full interview in Guardian, please click here.
(Guardian)

8 February 2009


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Preview: Three Monkeys + The Guardian Interview with Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The multi-award-winning director joins us for an on-stage interview.
Wed 4 Feb 18:30 NFT1
Such a promising talent that we mounted a retrospective of his films when he'd made only three features, Nuri Bilge Ceylan is now widely regarded as one of the finest film-makers at work today; having already won many major prizes, he carried off the Best Director award at this year's Cannes with Three Monkeys. We are delighted, then, to welcome him here to discuss that film and his work not only in cinema but as a photographer.
(British Film Institute)

31 January 2009

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Guardian : Win tickets to see Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Three Monkeys at BFI Southbank
The Turkish film-maker Nuri Bilge Ceylan will be live onstage at London's BFI Southbank on Wednesday 4 February to discuss his latest film, Three Monkeys (Üç Maymun), and his career to date. We have three pairs of tickets to give away.
Ceylan's film oeuvre may be tiny by the standards of most Guardian/BFI interviewees, but his impact has been disproportionately huge. With his very first short, Koza, he made the official selection at the 1995 Cannes film festival. With 2003's Distant (Uzak), he won the grand jury prize at Cannes. In fact, all three of his most recent features – Uzak, Climates (Iklimler) and Three Monkeys have been nominated for the Palme d'Or. His background as a photographer infuses his film work, resulting in painterly compositions and contemplative images that resonate in the mind long after the film has ended.
Three Monkeys is an examination of deceit and avarice, a contemporary tale of how three essentially good people – a husband and wife and their son – are drawn into a web of lies when the husband is asked to take the rap for a hit-and-run for his politician employer. The thriller won Ceylan the best director prize at Cannes last year; it was also Turkey's official submission for the best foreign-language film Oscar, and its first to make the shortlist of nine.
We have three pairs of tickets to a preview screening of Three Monkeys and the Guardian interview with Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday 4 February, starting at 6.30pm. For your chance to win a pair, just fill in the blanks in this link.
(Guardian)

30 January 2009

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The Book of "Climates"
The book of 'İklimler' (Climates) has has been published by Norgunk Yayincilik. (only in Turkish)
It contains script, reviews, interviews and many more... For more info, go to here.
22 January 2009


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French Release
'3 Monkeys' is opening in France at 57 cinemas today by the French Company Pyramide.
-For the reviews and interviews in the French media, go to press page.
-For the French trailer, go to here.

14 January 2009


French Poster

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'3 Monkeys' is on the Oscar shortlist
Beverly Hills, CA — Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 81st Academy Awards®. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria, “Revanche,” Gotz Spielmann, director;
Canada, “The Necessities of Life,” Benoit Pilon, director;
France, “The Class,” Laurent Cantet, director;
Germany, “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Uli Edel, director;
Israel, “Waltz with Bashir,” Ari Folman, director;
Japan, “Departures,” Yojiro Takita, director;
Mexico, “Tear This Heart Out,” Roberto Sneider, director;
Sweden, “Everlasting Moments,” Jan Troell, director;
Turkey, “3 Monkeys,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2008 are being determined in two phases.
The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 65 eligible films between mid-October and January 10. That group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.
The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five 2008 nominees by specially selected committees in New York and Los Angeles. The committee members will spend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday viewing three of the films each day.
The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
( Oscars.org )
14 January 2009

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Guardian : what not to miss in 2009
The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw published his 10 film list of what not to miss in 2009.
'3 Monkeys' is among them and the film is opening in England on 13th February 2009.

30 December 2008

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Üç Maymun’a komşudan övgü
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Atina’da dün vizyona giren “Üç Maymun” ile Yunan basınında manşet oldu. TaNea gazetesi ülkenin saygın film eleştirmeni Dimitris Danikas’ın yorumunu “Türkiye’den şiir gibi film” başlığıyla duyurdu. Danikas yazısında Ceylan için, “Çok önemli bir yönetmen, bir şair, çağdaş toplumun anatomisini gerçekleştiriyor. İnanılır gibi değil, öncü sanat Türkiye’den geliyor” ifadelerini kullandı. Katimerini gazetesindeki “Avrupa sineması Boğaziçi’ne demir attı” ifadesi dikkati çekti. (Milliyet, Taki Berberakis, Atina)

12 December 2008

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan’ın Kurgu Günlüğü (Editing Diary of NBCeylan)
Altyazı Aylık Sinema Dergisi, Kasım 2008 sayısıyla birlikte okurlarına Nuri Bilge Ceylan’ın "Üç Maymun" un kurgusunu yaparken tuttuğu günlüğü hediye ediyor. Ceylan’a Cannes’da En İyi Yönetmen ödülünü kazandıran "Üç Maymun" filminin Kurgu Günlüğü’nde Altyazı okurları, ‘bir yönetmenin iç sesi’ni duyma şansına sahip olacak, Ceylan’ın filmi kurgularken aklından geçenleri okuyacak; usta bir yönetmenin umutlarına, pişmanlıklarına, dehasına ve yaratıcı cesaretine ortak olacaklar. Belki de Türkiye sinema dergiciliği tarihinde ilk kez bir yönetmen, filmi henüz vizyondayken, yapım sonrası sürecinde tuttuğu bir günlüğü seyircisiyle paylaşıyor. Böylelikle dergiyi edinenler, "Üç Maymun"u izledikten hemen sonra, Ceylan’ın filmi yaratırken düşündüklerini okuma ayrıcalığına sahip olacak. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’ın Kurgu Günlüğü, Altyazı’nın Kasım sayısının ücretsiz ilavesi olarak bayilerde. (Sinema.com)


Üç Maymun'un "Kurgu Günlüğü" ücretsiz
ek bir kitapcık olarak Altyazı Kasım 2008 sayısıyla birlikte...

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan is Best Director in Asia-Pacific Screen Awards
Nuri Bilge Ceylan added one more accolade to his constantly expanding award collection this week when he was named best director for his latest feature, “Three Monkeys", at the second annual Asia-Pacific Screen Awards on Tuesday...
(Zaman)

13 November 2008

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'Üç Maymun'a 3 farklı şehirde gala
24 Ekim'de Türkiye'de gösterime girecek olan ''Üç Maymun'' filminin yapımcıları ve oyuncuları, İstanbul, Ankara ve İzmir'de düzenlenen galalara katıldılar. 21 Ekim'de İstanbul'da, 22 Ekim'de Ankara'da, 23 Ekim'de İzmir'de Cinebonus sinemalarında Türkiye'de ilk kez Digital Cinema olarak gösterim yapıldı. Film 24 Ekim'de 15'i Digital Sinema'da olmak üzere toplam 57 salonda gösterime çıkıyor.
İstanbul galasında NTV'den Yekta Kopan'ın NBC ile yaptığı söyleşiyi seyretmek için buraya tıklayınız.


Üç Maymun'un Türkiye'deki ilk gösterimi ise 16 Ekim'de Antalya'da gerçekleşti.

23 October 2008

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67 films on for the 2008 Foreign Language Oscar
The Academy has published the list of 67 films submitted to compete for the 2008 Foreign Language Oscar... Here is the complete list, with added commentary...
(Cinemascope, by Yair Raveh)

18 October 2008

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Turkish Release
'Three Monkeys' is opening in Turkey just after the Antalya Film Festival on October 24, 2008 in a total of 57 screens by the Distribution Company UIP, in association with Imaj and Mars Entertainment Group . In 15 of these screens, the film will be projected with complete 2K digital projectors. This is the first digital release in Turkey.

October 2008


Turkish Poster

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"Sparrow" and "Monkeys" lead nominees for Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Five films are in the running to be crowned best feature at the second Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs), being held in early November in Australia.

The films are Tulpan (Kazakhstan), Three Monkeys (Turkey), Sparrow (Hong Kong), Om Shanti Om (India) and The Red Awn (China).

The nominations council, lead by Korean academic and festival programmer Hong-Joon Kim, today named 33 films from 17 countries in the nine categories. The awards aim to honour films that best reflect their cultural origins and demonstrate cinematic excellence. Men Jeuk (Sparrow) and Three Monkeys earned the most nominations.

The awards, which are only in their second year, cover 70 countries from the Middle East, right across to Japan and down through the Pacific. There were 180 films from 43 countries entered...

The APSAs are run by the Queensland Government and their key collaborators are CNN International, UNESCO and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. The ceremony is being held on Queensland’s Gold Coast on November 11.
(Sandy George in Sydney, Screen International)

Three Monkeys has been nominated in three catagories: Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

1 October 2008

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'Three Monkeys' on road to Oscars
Award-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's most recent film, “Three Monkeys,” has been chosen as Turkey's nominee for this year's Oscars.

The film won the best director award at the 61st Cannes Film Festival and it will now compete for the honor to be among the five nominees at the Academy Award ceremony in February and try to bring a coveted gold statue home to Turkey.

Ceylan's film was selected anonymously by the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Turkey's Oscar committee, which consists of representatives of nongovernmental organizations.

"Three Monkeys" will run against submissions from 96 countries to make it into the five-film shortlist of nominees for the foreign language Oscar. The nominees will be announced on Jan. 22 and the 81st edition of the Academy Awards will take place Feb. 22. (Turkish Daily News)
25 September 2008

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Taiwanese release
Taiwan will release Three Monkeys on October 3, 2008 by the Taiwanese Company Swallow Wings. This will be the first Ceylan film which are to be commercially released in Taiwanese cinemas.

18 Eylül 2008


Taiwanese Poster

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India's up to 'Monkey' business
NDTV to bow Turkish family drama...
Indian distributor NDTV Lumiere will bow Turkish family drama "Three Monkeys" Friday in selected big city cinemas.
Outing will be the first commercial release for the pic, which preemed in competition in Cannes and earned Nuri Bilge Ceylan the kudo for direction. Pic has also unspooled at Karlovy Vary and Toronto fests, but is not skedded for a commercial release in its native Turkey until Oct. 24.
The theatrical release of an imported arthouse pic like "Monkeys" underlines the growing competition within India to show world cinema movies. It also underlines how companies from the previously inward-looking country are becoming increasingly involved as licensees on the international festival and market circuit.
NDTV Lumiere, headed by Manmohan Shetty, previously founder of Adlabs, and Sunil Doshi, film activist and producer, is backed by broadcast news group New Delhi Television and its year-old entertainment arm NDTV Imagine. Unit operates a movie channel and is expanding into theatrical releasing, homevideo and pay-per-view. Rivals with a similar world movies axis include UTV's Bindaas Movies and Palador.
Between them, the Indian groups are believed to have acquired more than 1,000 foreign movies in the run up to the launch of the new channels -- mostly library titles. Now they are supplementing those with acquisitions of current pics.
"Monkeys" will be screened with English subtitles, will release in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore following a deal with multiplex owner PVR Cinemas.
(Variety)
17 Eylül 2008


Indian Poster

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İtalyan eleştirmenlerden Üç Maymun'a tam not geldi
Nuri Bilge Ceylan'ın "Üç Maymun"u dün İtalya'da gösterime girdi ve sinema eleştirmenlerinden tam not aldı. Hemen hemen bütün gazeteler ve TV kanalları dün gösterime giren 11 film arasında en kaliteli ve mutlak görülmesi gereken yapıtın "Üç Maymun" olduğu konusunda fikir birliğine vardı. La Repubblica gazetesi, "İnanılmaz derecede stil zenginliği olan bir film. Mutlaka seyredilmesi gerek" diye yazdı. Corriere della Sera gazetesi de "Büyük yönetmenin, büyük filmi" yorumu ile 10 üzerinden 7.5 notu verdi. Aynı gazete Ferzan Özpetek'in "Mükemmel Bir Gün"ünü 6.5 notu ile değerlendirdi. İl Giornale gazetesi de Bilge Ceylan'a 'usta yönetmen' payesi vererek filmin konusu kadar görüntülerinin de muhteşem olduğunu yazdı. La 7 ve Coming Soon televizyonları da "Üç Maymun"un bu hafta vizyona giren filmler arasında en kalitelisi olduğunu hatırlatarak "Cannes Festivali ödüllü yapıt insanlık dersi verirken oyuncularının kusursuz performansı büyülüyor" değerlendirmesinde bulundu. Il Messaggero gazetesi "Tek kelime ile şahane bir film" diyerek "Üç Maymun"a 10 üzerinden 7.5 puan verdi.
(Reha Erus-Roma, Hürriyet Gazetesi)
13 Eylül 2008

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Italian release
Italy will be the first country who release '3 Monkeys'. The film is to be released in Italian cinemas with 38 prints on 12 September 2008 by the Rome based company Bim Film. The film is then will be released in India on 29 September, in Taiwan on 3 October and in the home country Turkey on 24th of October.
7 September 2008


Italian Poster

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan to lead Sarajevo Competition jury
The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced the feature film competition jury for its August event. Turkish writer/director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, fresh from his Best Director win in Cannes for Three Monkeys, will serve as president of the jury. The other jury members are UK director Hugh Hudson, Croatian actress Marija Skaricic, German sales veteran Michael Weber of The Match Factory, and Taormina artistic director Deborah Young. (Screen International)
30 May 2008

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Best Director Award in Cannes 2008
Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his family drama “Üç Maymun” (Three Monkeys). Sean Pean, the head of the jury at this year's festival, announced that Ceylan had won the award, at the closing ceremony held at The Grand Theatre Lumiere, Cannes, on May 25th, 2008.
Receiving his prize from actress Faye Dunaway, Ceylan said, “I would like to dedicate the prize to my lonely and beautiful country, which I love passionately.”


Ceylan received his prize from actress Faye Dunaway

25 May 2008
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'Three Monkeys' makes Cannes
It has been officially announced that Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, 'Three Monkeys', has been selected to the competition section of 61th. Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 14th to 25th., 2008.
Please note that the Gala Screening of 'Three Monkeys' in Cannes will be on May 16th at 22h30 at the Grand Theatre Lumiere and the press screenings will be on 15th of May at 16h00 at the Debussy and at 21h30 at the Bazin... 

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The press conference of the 61st Festival de Cannes, during which the Official Selections were announced
by Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux, was held on April 23rd 2008 at the Intercontinental le Grand Hotel

April 2008
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'Three Monkeys' has been sold before it is completed
Pyramide International, the world sales company of 'Three Monkeys', has been announced that the film had already been sold to several territories before it is completed. The territories which are already secured includes France, Italy, England and Ireland, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Greece, India, Russia and Baltic States... 
February 2008
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Shootings have been completed..
'Three Monkeys' had been shot in about 2 months in the summer and autumn of 2007 mostly in Yedikule district of Istanbul. Contrary to the previous film of Ceylan, 'Climates', all the post production processes have been planned to be made in Istanbul this time.

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