Language: Turkish with English subtitles
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cast: Muzaffer zdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak
Distributor: Big World Pictures
Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan made this profoundly beautiful picture about detachment and isolation without allowing the austerity of his story to overwhelm the heartwarming, often comic, moments that permeate this award-winning film. Set in a wintry, contemporary Istanbul, the stunning cinematography was clearly instrumental in procuring the Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, where Muzaffer zdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak also shared best actor honors for their remarkable performances.
"The miracle of 'Distant' is that it is continually absorbing, even when not much is happening which is most of the time...Ceylan is a master." -J. Hoberman, New York Times