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 Ceylan and wife on the red carpet for the Premiere of "Mystic River".

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.

On the surface, the Cannes Film Festival is all about glamour. For the big evening premieres, professional star gazers wear tuxedos and flash their cameras while amateur star gazers wait behind barricades, watching as the black-tie attendees walk the great red carpet that leads to the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

But at the same time, the films are just as important, which is why the Palm d’Or is so prestigious. One can’t help but stand in awe of the films that made their start on the croisette. Although the movements that started here would have started without a beach resort premiere, the festival gave them momentum, lent its glory to them for some reciprocation in the long run.

So it is with great reverence and anticipation that thousands of film lovers arrive each year, hoping to discover films that are fresh, magnificent, daring and could change the film world. 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. A total of over 30,000 cinema professionals, including distributors, producers, directors, actors, technicians and the media, and over 200,000 people, meet in Cannes for 900 screenings at the Palais and numerous cinema events.

The competition category is usually the heart of the festival. The best film in competition each year is awarded the Palme d'Or. Outside Hollywood, it is the highest award a film can gain. It confers upon the film considerable prestige. The Grand Jury Prize sounds quite fancy, but is actually considered second place... Chris Peachment

"Uzak" team on the red carpet that leads to the Grand Theatre Lumiere
for the official competition premiere of UZAK on May 17, 2003.


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



- Some press clippings of UZAK during the festival -

... He clearly knows exactly what he wants, and his achievement here is major, though this character study is composed of scenes in a minor key, with no big confrontations or climaxes. Effect is from accumulated detail, and by the time the film ends the emotional charge is powerful indeed... "Distant" is in the best tradition of serious, elegantly made Euro cinema, assembled with pristine professionalism.
David Stratton, Variety, May 18, 2003

... Reading this movie as a sociological essay would be too reducing and may lead to a misunderstanding of the author’s intention. The director’s purpose goes much further and deals more with cinematographic issues. The strength of this film lies on its faculty to express by cinematographic means a man’s feeling of nonsense and meaninglessness of everydaylife... Time here is straitly connected to space, the space “par excellence” in this movie...
Ikbal Zalila, Fibresci.org, May 2003

... and so the most impressive competition entry so far has been 'Distant', a superbly controlled look at a disintegrating friendship by Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The assurance, humanity and deceptive ease are evidence of real talent ...
Geoff Andrew, Time Out, 21-28 May 2003

... At this stage, the dark horse may be a film from Turkey by writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, entitled Uzak (Distant)... The gulf of loneliness in both characters' lives is subtly and movingly evoked. Probably the most harmonious and satisfying of the films offered so far, it may prove an impediment to jurors who like events: Perhaps the major crisis of Distance is the point at which a mouse gets stuck to some glued paper especially for that purpose, and neither man knows quite how to kill it...
Liam Lacey, Globe, May 21, 2003

... Slow, elusive, and melancholy, "Distant" plants itself unapologetically in the European art-house tradition of Antonioni, Theo Angelopoulos and André Tarkovsky, two of whose films flicker from Istanbul television sets in this movie. For the first half-hour you find yourself posing some familiar questions: Who are these people? What are they talking about? Why does the camera move so slowly? But by almost imperceptible increments a story takes shape, and some rich, mournful ideas emerge...
A.O.Scott, New York Times, May 21, 2003

Ceylan had to make days of endless interviews on the beach for the media all over the world.

...as far as the competition films go, this has been a very non-American affair, with strong contenders from France, Iran and an outstanding movie from Turkey - surely a Palme d'Or contender and one of the best films I have seen here... Easily the best film in competition so far has been "Uzak", or Distant, written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan: a profoundly beautiful and moving meditation on loneliness whose essential seriousness does not preclude some tender comic moments... Calling Uzak an odd-couple comedy does not quite convey the melancholia that drifts through the movie like a cloud, with unapologetically long single takes and wistful silences. But it really is funny, with a humour rooted in compassion for unhappiness, absurdity and the encroachment of old age. There are, hard though it may be to believe, sight gags that are the work of tremendous comic talent. It is a film of exquisite piquancy: a real masterpiece...
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, May 19, 2003

... Ceylan displays a keen visual flair, both in his chiaroscuro compositions and use of depth of field, which allows him to make the most of every setting. The bleak, cold, wet winter landscape almost penetrates the pores of the film to impart a similar feeling to the audience.The actors show remarkable restraint, employing a minimalist approach that hints at, rather than displays, their emotions. One strong feature is the use of natural sound throughout...
Dan Fainaru, Screen International, May 15, 2003

Press Conference before the Official Screening of UZAK

... The somber subject is treated with such grace and moments of wit, that the film captivated audiances here...
Joan Dupont, Herald Tribune, May 24, 2003

... One of the dark horses in this year’s race for the Palme d’Or, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Uzak (Distant) has arrived in Cannes after receiving three major awards at the Istanbul festival just last month... Nuri Bilge Ceylan is an auteur in the fullest sense of that jaded filmmaking term...
Ron Holloway, Moving Pictures, May 17, 2003

... it captures beautifully the petty irritations that accrue when one person grudgingly opens up his home to a slight acquaintance or distant relative, though here you're encouraged to identify with both the exasperated host (deliberately switching to the most soporific TV channel available in an effort to narcotize his buddy into bed, whereupon he breaks out the porn) and the adrift visitor (who's ostensibly looking for work but spends most of his time following beautiful women around and trying to summon up the courage to speak to them). Gets a little sentimental near the end, but Ceylan earns it; never exciting, exactly, but the cumulative impact -- final shot's a stunner -- is considerable...
Mike D'Angelo, Panix, May 17, 2003

... Highly impressive, in a much quieter way, was Uzak (Distant), a drama by up-and-coming Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. It's a slow, meditative tale of two men - a disillusioned photographer and his unemployed friend - experiencing varying shades of despair in a largely snowbound Istanbul. No, don't stop reading - Ceylan's beautifully shot piece is one of those films you immediately want to see again: moody and haunting. It has a beautiful poker-faced sense of humour too - the critics here, for whatever reason, seemed to particularly appreciate a sight gag about watching porn but trying to persuade your flatmate that you're engrossed in Tarkovsky...
Jonathan Romney, Independent, May 25, 2003

... Written, directed, photographed and edited by the very talented Nuri Bilge Ceylan, it was beautifully composed and exquisitely observed study of loneliness deserving of some recognition come the prize giving next Sunday...
Premiere, May 19, 2003

Photo Call before the Official Screening of UZAK on the terrace of the Palais des festivals
(Nazan Kirilmis, N.B.Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan, Feridun Koc)

... "Uzak", by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is an engaging film that draws you inside the life of an insular Istanbul photographer using some long, fly-on-the-wall scenes with little or no dialogue. Muzaffer Ozdemir shines as the life-weary protagonist, and the film, though far from a comedy, is peppered with hilarious moments...
Catherine Bremer, Reuters, May 17, 2003

... In the competition, the high art favorite is Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Distant," a rarified look at male ennui told in a beautifully composed, minimalist style...
Todd Mc Carty, Variety, May 2003

Gripping is UZAK (Distant) by Turkish writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Yusuf, from a small provincial city, is laid off with another thousand factory workers. He hitches a ride to Istanbul to get employment as a sailor, if possible. He stays with his childhood friend Mahmut, a successful art photographer. The visit stretches as Yusuf finds no job in these days of crisis. Nothing much happens as the focus switches to Mahmut --but a sad portrait emerges of him. An excellent, quietly moving and original work that gets close to cinematic minimalism within the framework of a dismal, snowy, depressing weather. The director recently won Best Turkish Film of the Year. He uses something like Bertolt Brecht s distancing effect in a strangely non-judgmental movie which flirts with minimalism. Sadly, one of the two main actors died in a car accident just when he had received a major prize in Turkey (as did the other thespian) for his performance in UZAK.
Edwin Jahiel, Facets, May 2003

... Presently ahead of the pack are François Ozon's deliciously wicked "Swimming Pool," Gus Van Sant's disturbing and ruminative "Elephant" and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's elegiac "Distant.. Eschewing more conventional filmmaking devices and embracing the sort of deliberate pacing and economy of camerawork seen in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Tsai Ming Liang (as well as those directors' themes of loneliness and alienation), Ceylan's "Distant" is a beautifully realized study of a middle-aged Turk and his emotionally disconnected life as a successful photographer in Istanbul. The drama is a slow, sad and meticulously designed character study that brings to a close a trilogy of sorts Ceylan began with 1997's "The Small Town" and 2000's "Clouds of May."...
Stephen Garrett, Indiewire, May 20, 2003

... what is striking about Ceylan's filming is time and discretion. This director takes care to disappear in order for his camera to view the faces and the movements of his characters. He takes the time to wait for the emotion that will emerge from the corner of a wrinkle on the face, from an absent glance inhabited by interior demons...
Moland Fengkov, Plume Noire, May 18, 2003

A group interview with director Ceylan on the veranda of Turkish pavillion.

... Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Turkish film Uzak has attracted some heavy betting with the gentle way it charts the uneasy relationship between two men from different sides of the track...
James Christopher, Times, May 22, 2003

... One can't help musing that if this had been an American film, the pair would have finally learnt to like each other out of mutual respect. There is no such reconciliation in Ceylan's bleak but enriching and superbly realized film...
Ronald Bergan, filmfestivals.com, May 2003

... Nevertheless, von Trier looks fairly certain to walk off with another Palme d’Or come Sunday, although there is substantial support building for the Turkish entry Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s beautifully composed study of loneliness...
Mark Salisbury, Premiere, May 23, 2003

... Turkish films have rarely featured prominently at Cannes in the two decades since Yilmaz Guney's Yol won the Palme d'Or. It's cheering, then, that the best-received movie so far this festival has been Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Uzak ("Distant"). It's a lovely and deceptively quiet film that explores themes of friendship and urban loneliness with considerable insight and lasting emotional resonance... Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak) has come to Istanbul to stay with an old friend, Mahmut (Muzaffer Ozdemir), after the factory in his home village shuts down. He has vague ideas about becoming a seaman, but soon finds that he prefers to spend his days drifting through the city and glancing at pretty girls. Mahmut, a photographer, is irritated by the disruptions to his solitary regime that Yusuf causes and troubled by the decision of his former wife to emigrate to Canada... Ceylan conveys a palpable sense of how time is ebbing away for both the friends who are united in their contrasting estrangements. The scenes he sets in snow-covered Istanbul, from early morning side roads to deserted quaysides, are evocatively shot, too. All told, Uzak is a marvellous tribute to the acting talents of Toprak, who died shortly after the film was made.
Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph, May 21, 2003

... Written, directed, photographed and edited by the very talented Nuri Bilge Ceylan, it was beautifully composed and exquisitely observed study of loneliness deserving of some recognition come the prize giving next Sunday...
Premiere Magazine

... Intellectuals loved Turkish entry "Uzak," a powerful study of how a world-weary Istanbul man's home life is upset when a jobless cousin moves in and invades his cherished privacy. Film magazine Screen International's jury of 10 experts is currently ranking "Dogville" as the leader, with "Uzak" second...
China.org, May 25, 2003

... But based on word-of-mouth and the trade polls, Dogville's biggest threat might be Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Uzak/Distant, which is getting raves from everyone. At the very least Ceylan, who is also the film's writer and producer, could take the Best Director prize...
Leslie Felperin, Independent, May 23, 2003

... Uzak, a Turkish film, has been widely liked - its director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is a rising star in the arthouse world - but its style is quiet and minimalist... And the winner is …? Lars and Nicole must be favourites (for Golden Palm and Best Actress, respectively), but I guess anything can happen. Find out tonight.
Preston Wilder, Cyprus Sunday Mail, 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)

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


Closing Ceremony


Ceylan receiving his Grand Jury Prize from Sting for his latest film "Uzak"
on the closing ceremony held on 25th May, 2003.. 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."


 Muzaffer Ozdemir

Mehmet Emin Toprak
Actress Ebru Ceylan accepts the Best Actor award from Elizabeth Hurley, on behalf of the actors Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak, who won jointly for their roles in Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film 'Uzak'. Actors Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak were not present in the Ceremony.



- Some press clippings after Cannes -

... The second prize, or Grand Prix, went to what many felt was the best film in the festival, Uzak (Distant), from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan. This is Ceylan's third film (his first two have screened on SBS television) and he's a master at understatement.
Uzak is about loneliness, about two men who share an apartment and get on each other's nerves. Only when they have gone their separate ways does the older man recognise the companionship he has lost.. Its male leads, the marvellous actors Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak, shared the best actor award; sadly, Toprak was killed in a car accident a short time before the festival began...
David Stratton, The Australian, May 27, 2003

... This existential Turkish drama was an early favorite for honors and won two. This should set up Ceylan to be chosen as the Turkish submission for the Academy foreign language Oscar this year...
The Film Experience, May 27, 2003

... Smart, observant and sad, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's third film was the best feature in competition at Cannes this year. Though Elephant got the Palme d'Or, Distant (Uzak) walked away with the grand jury prize and acting citations for its two leads, one of whom, Mehmet Emin Toprak, died in a car accident earlier this year. This tragedy adds another level of poignance to Ceylan's essentially melancholy but often droll city-mouse/country-mouse tale about an unhappy photographer (Muzaffer Özdemir) who reluctantly shares his Constantinople apartment with an unemployed relative (Toprak) from his hometown. Ceylan's spare, sly style has echoes of Kieslowski, Tsai Ming-Liang and Aki Kaurismäki, yet feels fresh.
Jason Anderson, Eye Magazine, Sept 4, 2003

... In stark contrast to many of the European entries, Distant (Uzak) by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan was a joy. Centering on the relationship between two cousins - one successful, the other relying on hospitality - it was an acutely involving study of missed opportunity and disillusionment. This was cinema to make you reassess your own life. The Grand Jury prize was awarded to the director, while the Best Actor prize was rightfully shared between the two leads, Muzzafer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak, the latter tragically killed in a recent accident...
Fiona Morrow, Independent, May 30, 2003

... With so many awards going to North America, Cannes retained its reputation for favoring intellectual world cinema by giving two awards to Turkish film ''Uzak'' (''Distant''), a moving study of how a man's home life is upset when a jobless cousin moves in...
Catherine Bremer, Reuters, May 26, 2003

... Taking the Grand Prix was the Turkish film "Uzak" (Distant), a beautifully made, unapologetically artistic meditation on loneliness and lack of connection that focuses on what happens when an unsophisticated country cousin moves in with an Istanbul photographer...
Kenneth Turan, Times, May 26, 2003

... a real jewel, a truly beautiful film: touching, funny and bittersweet... It is shot with long, slow meditative takes in the manner of Tarkovsky, but brings off sweet and playful moments of silent comedy. Slow or not, I could happily have watched it all afternoon. It thoroughly deserved its Grand Jury prize and the best actor prize...
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, May 27, 2003

... Ceylan was the revelation of both the Istanbul Film Festival and the Cannes Competition, where the superb quality of Uzak was confirmed by it deservedly winning the Grand Jury Prize. His is a cinema of small incidents and contemplative pacing here created by a tiny crew of five - it's almost the complete antithesis of mainstream western cinema. And yet the acute behavioural observations and eloquent sight gags have a strong contemporary feel... Most of the time, though, this is art cinema taken to a logical extreme: a languid, regretful acceptance of fate's harsh caprices, both in the negative diegetic sense of the unforgiving Istanbul job market and in Ceylan's exploitation of the evocative qualities of the harshest winter in living memory - one that brought heavy snowfall to the city. A palpable universe of longing is evoked from watching these two characters make sense of their days, and the acting prize shared by non-professionals Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak were throughly deserved...
Nick James, Sight & Sound, July 2003

Photo Call after the awards ceremony

Photo Call after the awards ceremony

... Only Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Distant (swiftly acquired by for the UK by Artificial Eye) can be said to have generated almost universal acclaim...
Jason Wood, Kamera, May, 2003

... But this jury, headed by French filmmaker Patrice Chéreau, is to be applauded for its intelligence in awarding the runner-up Grand Prix to an excellent film from Turkey: the critics’ favorite, Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s demanding, rewarding tale of alienated city life. Also wisely, the jury bestowed a shared Best Actor prize on Uzak’s Muzaffer Özdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak as estranged cousins who come to share an Istanbul flat...
Gerald Peary, The Phoenix, June 14, 2003

... a quiet and powerful meditation on the loneliness of migration and lost ideals, made for both a spectacular character study — the film won a bunch of prizes, including Best Actor — and a fresh metaphor for the painful heartache of arrested (economic and other sorts of) development...
Noah Cowan, Filmmaker, July 2003

... But the biggest discovery at Cannes - and winner of the Grand Prix (the second prize) was Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Distant, an intimate and moving study of loneliness and frustration... Marvellous performances from Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Tonrak, who both shared the Best Actor Award and stunning visuals - snow here is used as a recurrent motif to mirror the bleakness and isolation of the protagonists - make this little gem of a film a memorable experience.
Laurence Green, Connect, June 2003

... Fortunately, the jury's other choices were less misguided. Both the Grand Prix (basically second prize) and the Best Actor award went to Distant, a spare, quietly enthralling character study by little-known Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Meditative and enigmatic, it sneaks up on you from afar -- and that's clearly by design, given the masterful yet unobtrusive way that Ceylan's compositions create a pointed dichotomy between foreground and background elements (a formal strategy that probably sounds dry and academic if you haven't experienced the film's droll sense of humor)...
Mike D'Angelo, Panix, June 2003

... The Grand Prix, the Cannes film festival’s second prize, went to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Turkish entry, Uzak (Distant), a brooding but skillfully composed cinematic essay on loneliness in a big city – Istanbul in this case... The superbly shot film probes the troubled relationship between a angst-ridden photographer and a younger cousin who arrives from their village in search of a job on a ship...
Saibal Chatterjee, Hindustan times, May 26, 2003

Canal Plus interview after the awards ceremony

... The Grand Jury Prize went to Uzak by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Marking something of a resurgence in Turkish film, Cannes proved a fertile ground for that country, with Uzak also taking out best actor prizes for Muzaffer Özdemir & Mehmet Emin Toprak. The award ceremony was however tinged with sadness when it was revealed that Toprak had died in a car accident....
David Edwards, TheBlurb

... a beautifully moving film by the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, won both the Grand Jury Prize and acting awards for its two male leads. Certainly this award is something with which no-one could argue...
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, May 26, 2003

... No matter that, even in what some considered the weakest Cannes lineup in history, there were reasons not to give up on movies just yet. One of those reasons was a marvelous film called Uzak, the third by Turkish writer-director-. cinematographer-editor Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Set mostly in an Istanbul apartment, where a jaded photographer (Muzaffer Ozdemir) plays host to his country-mouse cousin (Mehmet Emin Toprak, who died in an auto accident shortly after learning of Uzak’s Cannes acceptance), the film is a slow and meditative rumination on a wonderful idea — the way you can come to feel distant from your own life, as though you were watching it (like a cinema spectator) from outside your body, unsure of whether you had made of it what you were supposed to (or, in fact, anything purposeful at all)...
Scott Foundas, La weekly, May 30, 2003

... My personal favorite in Cannes was the Turkish masterpiece, Uzak (Distant) which won its director Nuri Bilge Ceylan the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor Prize, shared by the lead actors. The film had already won three major awards at the Istanbul Film Festival...
Indu Shrikent, The Pioneer, June 6, 2003

... a film of wonderful meditative resonance which has subsequently and deservedly gone on to win the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes. This superbly photographed film, made with two terrific non-actors Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak, is set in an unheard-of, snowbound Istanbul - all the harder to credit when you emerged from the cinema into the balmy zephyrs of April. Uzak set a standard which the other Turkish movies couldn't match, but then neither would films from the rest of the world later on the croisette...
Nick James, Sight & Sound, July 2003

... Hushed and melancholy, Sokurov's Father and Son and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Uzak - the latter the most worthy film in competition - both charted the fraught relationship between two mail relatives.. Ceylan confirms the promise of his previous two films in this study of loss, solitude and drift. Ceylan is unconcerned with schema innocence and experience, and more with parallel experiences of privation...
James Quandt, Cinema Scope, Summer 2003

... With his third feature, Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan proves himself a natural heir to cinematic poets like Andrei Tarkovsky and Abbas Kiarostami. Distant even includes an amusing reference to Tarkovsky's Stalker. Distant is a portrait of a country rutted in crisis, and it demonstrates a notable restraint. But it also includes a surprising amount of wry humour, the two man's forlorn defeat at the hands of a noisy mouse being one comic high point. Ozdemir and Toprak shared the Best Actor award at Cannes, and the two are as memorable an odd couple as cinema has seen ...
Larry Gross, Telluride FF, Summer 2003

... For me, though, the best film at Cannes was Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Distant, an intimate and moving study of loneliness and frustration... Marvellous performances from Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak, who both shared the Best Actor Award, and stunning visuals -snow is used here as a recurrent motif to mirror the bleakness and isolation of the protagonists- made this little gem of a film a memorable experience...
The Catholic Herald, June 6, 2003


- Turkish press during the festival (Turkish)






Screen International - Ratings for the Cannes Competition films 2003



Film Comment - Ratings for the Cannes Competition films 2003