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DVD release in USA..

DVD of Uzak (Distant) has been released by New Yorker Films in USA.. You may order it from Amazon.com..

" Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Distant" was one of last year's most favorably reviewed foreign films, an affecting and frequently quite funny examination of urban alienation through the story of two Turkish men, a photographer and his country cousin, holed up for no good reason in an Istanbul apartment. New Yorker Video has given the picture an excellent presentation on DVD, with a fine widescreen transfer and a host of extras that includes making-of scenes, an interview with Mr. Ceylan and a fine early short, "Koza" ("Cocoon"), that illuminates the roots of his detached style and melancholic concerns."
- Review of the DVD in "New York Times" by Dave Kehr..

For more info, please go to DVD & Book page..

March 22 , 2005

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BBC World Cinema Award 2005

BBC Four announces the nominations for the World Cinema Award 2005. Uzak has been selected for the shortlist of BBC World Cinema Award following a poll of the United Kingdom’s leading film critics, film school heads and exhibitors....
The winner will be decided by a distinguished jury of directors and stars from the international film community, in January 2005 moderated by Jonathan Ross. All of the shortlisted films will be discussed and then a winner chosen. The award itself will be presented to the winner at a live ceremony in London, broadcast live on BBC television on January 27th 2005.

The nominated films are:

- Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey
- Bad Education, Pedro Almódovar, Spain
- Hero, Yimou Zhang, China
- Motorcycle Diaries, Walter Salles, USA / Germany / UK / Argentina
- The Return, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia
- Zatoichi, Takeshi Kitano, Japan

About UZAK after the nominations:

"A formally beautiful and imaginative yet profoundly moving and thoughtful study of the idea of reality and separation."

-Professor Paul Coates, Aberdeen University

"A stunning film, almost flawless in its documentation of the struggles, complexities and banalities of everyday life."
-Jeff Geiger, Film Studies Director, America Studies Centre

"An unexpected masterpiece from Istanbul that wrung big themes out of the tiny circumstances of an urban sophisticate sharing his just-so apartment with a country bumpkin cousin looking for work in the big city. Everything shown is both beautifully photographed and utterly realistic. It's the most exquisitely elegant and haunting slow-burn treat of the past five years. A near-perfect affirmation of film realism as an art form."

-Nick James, British Film Institute

To read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/film_award/shortlist/index.shtml

January 7, 2005

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Indiewire's 2004 Foreign-Language Film Poll

This year's foreign film "academy" consisted of a total of 31 critics, programmers, and journalists from around the U.S..
UZAK comes 'second' in both Best Film and Best Director catagories.

For all results and reading the full article: http://www.indiewire.com/movies/movies_041229fore.html

January 5, 2005

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Time Out's Films of the Year 2004

The Time Out London critics pick their three favourite films of 2004. Here are the results:

1. 'Uzak'
2. 'The Motorcycle Diaries'
3. 'Before Sunset'

To read the full article: http://www.timeout.com/film/news/234.html

January 5, 2005

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Book of UZAK has been published..

The UZAK book (Distant) has been published by Norgunk Yayincilik in Turkish. For more info please visit DVD&Book page.

The UZAK Book..

December 24, 2004

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Uzak is opening in Korea..

Uzak is opening in Korea on 5th of November 2004 by the Korean company Moon Film Korea.. A photo exhibition of N.B.Ceylan were held at the preview and Moon Film is also preparing for the big scale photo-exhibition, with pictures sized 350cmx100cm, which will be held in Seoul and the other local cities April of next year..

For the reviews of the film in the Korean media, please go to here..
For Uzak website in Korea, please go to here...


The Korean Poster..

November 4, 2004

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Uzak DVD release in England..

Uzak DVD has been released by Artificial Eye on September 27, 2004.. You may order it from Amazon.co.uk..

For more info, please go to DVD & Book page.

August 27, 2004

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10 Best Turkish Films of all times...

UZAK has been selected as one of the Ten Best Turkish Films of all times. The Ten Best Turkish Films were determined by a poll by the Ankara Cinema Association, starting with the 1964 production, Dry Summer by Metin Erksan, and leading up to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's award-winning 2003 release, Uzak.

Here is the list :
- THE ROAD (Yol)
- HOPE (Umut)
- THE HERD (Sürü)
- MUHSIN BEY
- INNOCENCE (Masumiyet)
- THE GIRL WITH THE RED SCARF (Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalým)
- MOTHERLAND HOTEL (Anayurt Oteli)
- DRY SUMMER (Susuz Yaz)
- THE BRIDE (Gelin)
- DISTANT (Uzak)

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Italian Release ..

After having good results in the first week of the Italian release, the Italian distributor Lady Film decided to increase the number of copies from 14 to 18 for the second week... For the reviews of the film in the Italian media, please go to press page..

June 31 , 2004

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Uzak is opening in Italy..

Uzak is opening all over Italy at 14 screens on 25th June by the Italian company Lady Film.. The film has been dubbed into italian..


The Italian Poster..

June 9 , 2004

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United Kingdom Release..

Uzak is opening in UK today by Artificial Eye.. For the reviews and interviews in the media in UK, go to press page..


The English Poster..

May 28 , 2004

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Radio 'France Culture' Awards..

The Radio 'France Culture' give awards every year to one Foreign Film and one French Film which is distributed in France.

This year the jury decided to give the prizes to UZAK by Nuri Bilge Ceylan in the Foreign Film catagory and to RAJA by Jacques Doillon in the French Film catagory.


The Jury this year made up of:

Laure Adler , director of France Culture
Laurence Bloch , assistant director of France Culture
Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes Film Festival
Domenica Païni, director of the cultural development of the center George Pompidou
Catherine Breillat, Film Director
Claude Miller, Film Director
Mathieu Amalric, actor
Michel Ciment, Editor of Positif Magazine
Serge Toubiana , Claire Vassé and Marc Voinchet , producers in France Culture.

The awards had been presented to the directors in a coktail party held at the Majestic Hotel during Cannes Film Festival on 19th of May.

May 25, 2004

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Cannes Short Film Jury..

Director of Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been invited to be a member of the Short Film and Cinefondation Jury of 57th Cannes Film Festival 2004.


CANNES 2004 - The Short Film and Cinefondation Jury
From Left :  Pablo Trapero, Nicole Garcia, Nikita Mikhalkov, Marisa Paredes, N.B.Ceylan

Jury members of Short Film and Cinefondation :

Nikita MIKHALKOV, President (Director – Russia)
Nicole GARCIA (Actress, Director – France)
Marisa PAREDES (Actress – Spain)
Nuri Bilge CEYLAN (Director – Turkey)
Pablo TRAPERO (Director – Argentina)

May 25, 2004

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Singapore Awards..

The Silver Screen awards of the 17th Singapore International Film Festival have been announced. Uzak (Distant) have been awarded Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Mehmet Emin Toprak) by the international jury.

Awards :
- Best Film : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Best Director : Nuri Bilge Ceylan for "Uzak" (Turkey)
- Special Jury Prize : Vibrator, by Ryuichi Hiroki (Japan)
- Best Actor : Mehmet Emin Toprak in "Uzak" (Turkey)
- Best Actress : Terashima Shinobu in "Vibrator" (Japan)
- Young Cinema Award : At Five In The Afternoon, by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)

Nobody from the film was able to attend the festival and ceremony to receive the awards.

April 25, 2004

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DVD of UZAK

The DVD of UZAK (Distant) has been released by Palermo in Turkey
with subtitles in Turkish, English, French, German and Dutch...

For more info, please go to DVD & Book page.



April 19, 2004

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French Release at 12th week..

French Release of Uzak has just closed the 12th week with 130,000 admissions. The film is still in Le St Andre des Arts in Saint Michel, Paris.

April 4, 2004

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Cover story..

Uzak is on the cover of some international film magazines. Here are some of them:


POSITIF (France)

CINEMAYA (India)

VERTIGO (England)

SKRIEN (Holland)

March 21, 2004

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UZAK is opening in USA

“Uzak- Distant” will open in New York on March 12, 2004 at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, followed by a national release.

Uzak is a New Yorker Films release..


American Poster

March 12, 2004

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A
wards to UZAK in Mexico..

The awards of the International Film Festival of Mexico City have been announced last night at a ceremony held at the Postal Palace of the City of Mexico. Uzak (Distant) has been awarded Best Director and Best Cinematography by the international jury headed by the director Mike Figgis.

Awards :
- Best Film : Return, by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)
- Best Director : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Best Cinematography : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Best Actor : Ulrich Thomsen in "Arven" (Danmark)
- Best Actress : Brigitte Hobmeier in "Identity Kills" (Germany)
- Rotary International Prize : Whale Rider, by Niki Caro (New Zealand)

Director's sister Emine Ceylan attended the festival and the ceremony to receive the awards.

March 1, 2004

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Uzak is Best Film in Trieste (Italy)..

UZAK, the film by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has won the Premio Trieste 2004 for best film, awarded for a feature film screened at the 15th edition of Trieste Film Festival, promoted by the Associazione Alpe Adria Cinema under the artistic direction of Annamaria Percavassi.

The awarding of the prize was this year entrusted to an international jury comprising Luciana Castellina, a member of parliament and journalist and former president of Italia Cinema; Michel Demopoulos, director of the International Festival of Salonika; Fabrizio Grosoli, critic and member of the selection committee at the Venice Film Festival and producer for Domenico Procacci; Martin Schweighofer, director general of the Austrian Film Commission; Petr Zelenka, Czech director and winner of the last edition of Alpe Adria Cinema. As the jury has stressed, the Premio Trieste 2004 has been awarded to UZAK “for the poetic gaze it throws over a social situation without hope, and for the masterly manner in which it uses time and space to explore ­ in an extraordinary way ­ the meanderings of the inner consciousness of the two protagonists”.

The Jury’s special mention goes to Rezervni Deli (Spare parts) by Slovene director Damjan Kozole.

The prize-giving ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd January, the closing day of the 15th edition of Alpe Adria Cinema, at 7 p.m. in the Sala Excelsior.
Press Release of Trieste Film Festival

January 23, 2004

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French Release..

Uzak is opening all over France at 50 cinemas today by the French company Pyramide Distribution. Next week 10 more prints will be added.. The French media showed a wide interest in the film. For reviews and interviews in French media, go to press page..


UZAK is on the cover
of  Positif  Magazine

 

Telerama sent a photographer and writer to Istanbul
Photo : Denis Dailleux

 


Interview for ARTE..
N.B.Ceylan and Muzaffer Ozdemir went to Paris in December for press interviews..

 


The French Poster..

January 14, 2004

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Uzak is opening in Spain..

UZAK is opening in Spain today by Golem Distribution, Spain.. For Spanish web site of Uzak, please visit here.. For reviews and interviews in Spanish media, go to press page..


The Spanish Poster

December 31, 2003

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Uzak is awarded in Estonia..

Black Nights Film Festival has ended with a closing ceremony last night. The festival has no competition or official awards, but they have special awards.

Estonian Critics gave their Critics Prize (a glass piece of Ivo Lill) to Turkish film "Distant" (Uzak) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. "It is a dejected, clever and elegant film about the distances between people."

Film Clubs gave an award to Russian film Andrei Zvjagintsev's "Return".. Another Special Prize went to Chinese film "Together" by Chen Kaige.. The Audience Award went to Finnish "Upswing" by Johanna Vuoksenmaa.

Nobody from "Uzak" team was able to attend the festival.

December 7, 2003

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Uzak is nominated in the Best European director catagory in FELIX..

It has been officially announced that Uzak has been nominated in the Best European Director Catagory of European Film Awards 2003 (FELIX). The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the Arena in Berlin on December 6, 2003.

Below is the complete list of nominations in European Director Catagory:

- LARS VON TRIER
for Dogville
- NURI BILGE CEYLAN for Uzak (Distant)
- MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM for In This World
- WOLFGANG BECKER for Good Bye, Lenin!
- MARCO TULLIO GIORDANA for The Best of Youth
- ISABEL COIXET for My Life Without Me

November 7 , 2003

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Golden Antigone in Montpellier, France..!

Some more awards to Uzak in 25th Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier. Uzak has been awarded with Golden Antigone (€6,000 to the director and €24,000 to the French distributor of the film, Pyramide, for the release of the film) and Critics' Award (€2,000 to the director).

Awards :
- Golden Antigone: Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Critics' Award : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Filmgoers' Award : The Place of the Soul, by Riccardo Milani (Italy)
- Nova Award : Spare Parts, by Damjan Kozole (Slovenia)
- Students' Award : Fuse, by Pjer Zalica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Young People's Award : The Sun Assassinated, by Abdelkrim Bahloul (France)

Mr. Ceylan could not attend the festival and ceremony. The Turkish director Devrim Alpoge whose film was also screened in the festival have received Mr.Ceylan's prizes on behalf of him in the ceremony held on the 1st of November, 2003.

November 2 , 2003

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Silver Hugo to UZAK at Chicago.!

The 39th Chicago International Film Festival, which ran from October 2-16, has announced its winners. The Gold Hugo is awarded to: Jafar Panahi’s CRIMSON GOLD (Iran) for “its compelling portrait of a man inexorably destroyed by social pressures.” The Silver Hugo is awarded to: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s DISTANT (Turkey) for “its intense and elegant depiction of overwhelming loneliness.”

Awards :
- Golden Hugo : Crimson Gold , by Jafar Panahi (Iran)
- Silver Hugo : Uzak (Distant), by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Best Actress : Ludivine Sagnier in La Petite Lili, by Claude Miller (France)
- Best Actor: Pierre Boulanger in Monsieur Ibrahim, by François Dupeyron (France)

- Special Mention : Goodbye Dragon Inn by Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan)
- Special Mention : Reconstruction, by Christoffer Boe (Denmark)

Mr. Ceylan did not attend the festival.

October 17, 2003

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Uzak is Best Film at the Mid East Film Festival..!

The awards of the Mid East Film Festival have been announced last night at a ceremony held in Beirut. Uzak (Distant) has been awarded Best Film and Best Screenplay.

Awards :
- Best Film : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Special Jury Prize : Silence between two thoughts, by Babak Payami (Iran)
- Best Director : A thousand months, by Faouzi Bensaidi (Morocco)
- Best Screenplay : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)

Turkish Ambassador in Beirut attended the ceremony to receive the awards.

October 9, 2003

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Antalya Film Festival : Best 5 films of 40 years

Uzak has been selected one of the '5 Best Films of 40 years' of Antalya Film Festival. The five films has been selected by the votes of 100 Turkish film professionals. Here is the five best films of 40 years of the festival:

- Gurbet Kuslari, by Halit Refig (1964)
- Dugun, by Lutfi Akad (1974)
- Muhsin Bey, by Yavuz Tugrul (1987)
- Ucurtmayi Vurmasinlar, by Tunc Basaran (1989)
- Uzak, by N.B.Ceylan (2002)

The awards have been presented to the directors at the opening ceremony of the 40th Antalya Film Festival last night.
October 2, 2003

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Film Camera Festival “MANAKI BROTHERS”, Macedonia

Manaki Brothers is the oldest film festival in the world evaluating the DoP’s (Director of Photography) contribution to the film.

The films in the competition compete for their cinematographic values.

N.B.Ceylan as a DoP of the film UZAK has been awarded with Special Jury Prize by the international jury last night. The Golden Camera Award went to DoP Christopher Doyle with the Film HERO by Zhang Yimou.
September 28 , 2003

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Turkish release..

Turkish release has reached to 60,000 admissions with 5 copies in Turkey..
September 26 , 2003

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Turkey’s official Oscar entry..

It has been announced that Uzak (Distant) has been selected as the Turkey's official Oscar entry in this year's Oscar race in the Foreign Film category. The final nominations will be announced on 27th January 2004.
September 24 , 2003

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"UZAK" wins FIPRESCI GRAND PRIX for the Best Film of the year 2003..!

Fipresci Grand Prix is granted by the votes of international critics, who have freely chosen a film from all over the world released between August 2002 and July 2003.

This year, 160 members of the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) from all over the world gave their votes freely for the film they prefer. And the votes have been counted with the outcome that the Grand Prix FIPRESCI for Best Film of the Year goes to the Turkish movie Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

This Prize, created in 1999 by FIPRESCI and San Sebastian Film Festival with a view to jointly promoting and encouraging the most daring, original and personal cinema, has become one of the most prestigious on the calendar.

The prize has been presented to the director Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the opening gala of 51st San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain, on September 18, 2003. Fipresci.org


Ceylan has received his Fipresci Grand Prix at the opening gala of San Sebastian Film Festival
from Honorary President of Fipresci, Derek Malcolm

September 18, 2003

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Uzak is in US Festivals..

Uzak will be presented at the following US festivals in the coming days:
- Telluride Film Festival (Aug29-Sept1, 2003)
- New York Film Festival (Oct 3-19, 2003)
- Chicago Film Festival (Oct 2-16, 2003)

August 28, 2003

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N.B.Ceylan retrospectives in Toronto, Ljubljana and Zagreb..

A retrospective of all Nuri Bilge Ceylan films (Uzak, Clouds of May and Kasaba) will be presented at Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) on Sept 4-13, 2003, Ljubljana Film Festival (Slovenia) on Nov 7-24, 2003 and One Take Film Festival (Zagreb, Croatia) on Nov 14-16, 2003.
August 28, 2003

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Lino Brocka Award for Best Film goes to "UZAK" in Manila..!

" The anticipated Awards Night of the 5th Cinemanila International Film Festival was held August 21, 2003 at the Onstage Greenbelt, Manila.

The International Jury was composed of Aruna Vasudev (Chair) from India who is the founder and chief editor of Cinemaya; film critic and producer Scott Rosenberg(USA), award-winning Vietnamese filmmaker Dang Nhat Minh, acclaimed Israeli director Dan Wolman, and film critic Gino Dormiendo(Italy).

The 5th Cinemanila International Film Festival, founded by Tikoy Aguiluz, featured over 80 films from 30 different countries from August 7-24, 2003 at the Greenbelt cinemas in Manila, Philippines.. "

The Director Ceylan was not able to attend the festival..

Awards :
- Grand Prize (Lino Brocka Award) : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Jury Prize : City of God, by Fernando Meirelles (Brazil) / The Blessing Bell, by Sabu (Japan)
- Best Actress : Vilma Santos as the mother in Chito Roños's Dekada '70 (Philippines)
- Best Actor : David Gulpelil as the Tracker in Rolf de Heer's The Tracker ( Australia)
- Netpac Award : Divine Intervention, by Elia Suleiman (Palestine)
- Special Prize : Whale Rider, by Niki Caro (New Zealand)

August 27, 2003

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"UZAK" is Best Film at Cinemaya Film Festival in India..!

" The 5th Cinefan, the Cinemaya festival of Asian cinema proved beyond doubt that there is a sizable audience for alternate cinema in Delhi.

The nine-day festival concluded in New Delhi with the announcement of the awards by the chairman of the jury, Filipino filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya, who was officiating for Mirinal Sen. The Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Ravi Shankar gave away the prizes.

The award for the Best Film went to the Turkish film, Uzak, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The film had recently won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes." Hindustan Times

TV interview in Delhi

The Director Ceylan attended the festival for a couple of days to present his film but was not able to stay for the closing ceremony.

Here is the all Cinefan awards :
- Best Film : Uzak, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
- Best Actor : Drifters, by Wong Xiaoshuai (China)
- Best Actress : Osama, by Siddiq Barmak (Afghanistan-Japan)
- Netpac Award :
Drifters, by Wong Xiaoshuai (China)

July 27, 2003

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  'UZAK' wins Grand Prix and Best Actor awards in Cannes 2003   

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film 'Uzak' won the Grand Jury Prize at the 56th Cannes Film Festival. As well, its two main actors Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak jointly won the Best Actor Award, an honor that goes posthumously to Toprak, Ceylan's cousin, who died in a car accident the day after learning ''Uzak'' had been selected for Cannes.

He dedicated his prize to fellow Turkish director Yilmaz Guney who won the Palme in 1982.   "He died in Paris," Ceylan said, "in suffering, never to see his country again."

Special Cannes page >>


Bellucci, Sting, Ceylan and the jury (at right) at the closing ceremony held on May 25, 2003.


Prize winners at the 56th Cannes film festival:
Palme d'Or : "Elephant", by Gus Van Sant (USA)
Grand Prix : "Uzak", by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
Best actor (tie): Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak in "Uzak" (Turkey)
Best actress: Marie-Josee Croze in 'The Barbarian Invasions' (Canada)
Best direction: Gus Van Sant for "Elephant" (USA)
Best screenplay: Denys Arcand for "The Barbarian Invasions" (Canada)
Jury Prize: "Five in the Afternoon", by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran)

Fipresci Prize: "Father and Son", by Alexander Sokurov (Russia)

May 25 , 2003

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Istanbul Film Festival


N.B.Ceylan receiving his prize from Oya Eczacibasi

Istanbul Film Festival has ended with an Award Ceremony held on April 26, 2003.

In the National Competition UZAK have been awarded Best Film and Best Director. Fibresci Jury has selected UZAK as the Best Turkish Film as well.

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan donated about 3000.Euros of the money award that came with the prize to the two young directors of a short film he liked last year, Ozgur Dogan and Orhan Eskikoy from Ankara.
April 26, 2003

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U
ZAK will be in Cannes competition 2003



It has been officially announced that Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, UZAK, has been selected to the competition section of 56th.Cannes Film Festival, which will take place during May 14th to 25th., 2003.

The Cannes Film Festival is arguably the most famous film festival in the world. The mere mention of Cannes conjures up images of the blinding flashes of a million paparazzi cameras, red carpets, palm trees, and of course, celebrity parties.

For two weeks a year, Cannes plays host to most of the international film industry, as filmmakers from all corners of the globe descend on the Croisette.

    The crowd around the red carpet

 


   Beach in front of the Festival Palace

Here is the complete list of the competition films :

- Samira Makhmalbaf, Five in the afternoon
- Denys Arcand, Invasion of barbarians
- Pupi Avati, The heart is elsewhere
- Hector Babenco, Carandiru
- Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Uzak
- Clint Eastwood, Mystic river
- Vincent Gallo, The Brown Bunny
- Peter Greenaway, The Moab Story
- Naomi Kawase, Shara
- Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Bright Future
- Raoul Ruiz, That Day
- Alexandre Sokurov, Father and Son
- Lars von Trier, Dogville
- Gus Van Sant, Elephant
- Lu Ye, Purple Butterfly
- François Ozon, Swimming pool
- André Techiné, The lost ones
- Bertrand Blier, The Cutlets
- Claude Miller, Little Lili
- Bertrand Bonello, Tiresia

And here is the jury:

Patrice Chéreau, director (France)
Meg Ryan, actress (USA)
Steven Soderbergh, director (USA)
Aishwarya Rai, actress (India)
Karin Viard, actress (France)
Erri De Luca, writer (Italy)
Jean Rochefort, actor (France)
Danis Tanovic, director (Bosnia)
Jiang Wen, director (China)

The Jury will announce the Palme d'Or and the 2003 Awards during the closing ceremony of the Festival on May 25th.
April 23, 2003

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Ceylan receiving his prize.


Turkish Critics Award

Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD) announced their awards for Turkish Cinema 2002 at a ceremony held at Emek Movie Theatre, Ýstanbul, by the votes of 38 Turkish Film Critics.

UZAK has been awarded Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
January 27, 2003

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Turkish Release


UZAK has been commercially released in Turkey by Özen Film on December 20, 2002. It is decided to be released in 5 copies in only three cities in the beginning, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, then it will go to the other parts of Turkey.
December 20, 2002

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Tragic Accident

One of the main actors of UZAK, Mehmet Emin Toprak, lost his life after a traffic accident in his home town, Yenice. He was the director's cousin and acting in all of Ceylan's films.
(see
tribute page.)
December 2, 2002


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14. Ankara Film Festival


Mehmet Emin Toprak receiving
a special acting prize.

Ankara Film Festival has ended with an Award Ceremony held on December 1, 2002.

UZAK have been awarded 6 prizes including Best Film and Best Director.

The jury consist of five women. Film Directors Mahinur Ergun and Biket Ýlhan, Actress Ayla Algan, Film Critic Sevin Okyay and a lecturer at Ankara University, Ruken Öztürk.
December 1, 2002

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39. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival


UZAK has had its first public screening here in this national festival on October 3, 2002.

Antalya Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Turkey. Celebrating its 39th year in 2002. It is sometimes referred to as "the Oscars of the Turkish film industry".

UZAK have been the winner of 5 awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Script on the award ceremony held on October 4, 2002.
October 4, 2002

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Shooting has been completed..

After a total of 8 weeks, the shooting of UZAK has been completed today on Feb 18, 2002.. The editing will commence soon and it is expected to take at least 3-4 months.
February 18, 2002

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