Nuri Bilge Ceylan is Turkey’s most internationally renowned contemporary director. For his first three features, known as the ‘provincial trilogy’, Kasaba (1997), Clouds of May (1999) and Uzak (2002), Ceylan took on almost all key technical roles: cinematography, sound design, production, editing, writing and direction. Uzak became the most awarded film in the history of Turkish cinema and made Ceylan an internationally recognised director. His subsequent four films were all Cannes Film Festival official competition award winners: Climates (2006) FIPRESCI Critic’s prize, Three Monkeys (2008) Best Director, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) Grand Jury Prize and Winter Sleep which won the 2014 Palme d’Or and FIPRESCI prize. Ceylan has won three APSAs for Achievement in Directing for Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) and Winter Sleep (2014).

Accolades

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Achievement in Directing, 2008

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)
Achievement in Directing, 2008

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2008 Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1959. After graduating as an engineer from Bosphorus University, Istanbul, he…

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Zeynep Özbatur Atakan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Fabienne Vonier and Valerio De Paolis and Cemal Noyan
Best Feature Film, 2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

Best Feature Film, 2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies, battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth. In order to…

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Ercan Kesal and Ebru Ceylan
Best Screenplay, 2011

Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Ercan Kesal and Ebru Ceylan

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)
Best Screenplay, 2011

Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Ercan Kesal and Ebru Ceylan

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new and different” will spring up…

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Achievement in Directing, 2011

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)
Achievement in Directing, 2011

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2011 Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new…

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Zeynep Özbatur Atakan and Mirsad Purivatra and Eda Arikan and Ibrahim Şahin and Müge Kolat and Murat Akdilek and Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Best Feature Film, 2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Best Feature Film, 2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new and different” will spring up…

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Achievement in Directing, 2014

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)
Achievement in Directing, 2014

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2014 Nuri Bilge Ceylan is Turkey’s most internationally renowned contemporary director. His first short film Koza (1995) was the first Turkish…

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Zeynep Özbatur Atakan and Alexandre Mallet-Guy and Mustafa Dok and Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Best Feature Film, 2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Best Feature Film, 2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Set in remote Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a half-empty small village in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin,…

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Films

Three Monkeys
2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

Turkey, France, Italy
2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2008 A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies, battles against the odds to stay together by covering…

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Winner, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Directing, Jury Grand Prize, 2011 Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes:…

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Winter Sleep
2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Turkey, France, Germany
2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2014 Set in remote Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a half-empty small village in the wintry off-season. The film…

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