INTERNATIONAL FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL KÜSTENDORF | 17 - 23. 01. 2012.

Director Biography

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

 Nuri Bilge Ceylan, internationally celebrated Turkish film director and photographer, was born in 1959 in Istanbul. After graduating from Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bosphorus University, he went to London and Kathmandu to decide what he should do in life. When he was in the army, he found out how to give shape to the rest of his life ‘cinema’. Furthermore, Ceylan studied Film making at Mimar Sinan University, but at 30-something, he was the university's oldest student and in a hurry to make a career for himself. After two years he abandoned the course.

Ceylan began by acting in a short film directed by his friend Mehmet Eryılmaz, but at the same time participating in the entire technical process from beginning to end, thus building on the knowledge he already had. Towards the end of 1993, he began shooting the short film Cocoon (Koza). The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and became the first Turkish short to be selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Three full-length feature films followed that could be cast in terms of a sequel to Cocoon; they have also been described by some as his ‘provincial trilogy’: The Small Town (Kasaba, 1997), Clouds of May (Mayis Sikintisi, 1999) and Distant (Uzak, 2002). In all of these films, Ceylan enlisted his close friends, relatives and family as actors and took on just about every technical role himself: the cinematography, sound design, production, editing, writing and direction…

When Distant, the final film of the trilogy, won the Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Ceylan suddenly became an internationally recognized name. Continuing on the festival circuit after Cannes, Distant scooped a total of 47 awards, 23 of them international, and so became the most award-winning film in the history of Turkish cinema.

His film Climates (Iklimler) won the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes in 2006 and received international prize by critics and experts. Ceylan won the Award for the Best Director at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for his film Three Monkeys (Uç Maymun). Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da) received the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

He is married to the filmmaker, photographer, and actress Ebru Ceylan, his co-star in Climates

Filmography: 

2011    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
2008    Three Monkeys
2006    Climates
2002    Distant
1999    Clouds of May
1997    The Small Town
1993    Cocoon

Selected Filmography

17.02.2012

  • 10:30h
    3-IRON
    Kim Ki-duk
  • 12:30h
    ARRI ALEXA
    WORKSHOP
  • 16:30h
    OPENING CEREMONY
    Thierry Frémaux Presents
  • 20:00h
    ARIRANG
    Kim Ki-duk
    WORKSHOP - Kim Ki-duk - film director
  • 00:00h
    PELAGEYA
    Russia

18.02.2012

  • 10:30h
    MADAME BOVARY
    Claude Chabrol
    WORKSHOP - Isabelle Huppert - actress
  • 17:00h
    4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH
    Abel Ferrara
    WORKSHOP - Abel Ferrara - film director
  • 21:00h
    TULIP, TEXAS AND US
    Lee Filipovski | Canada, Estonia 2011
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    MOUSSA
    Christophe Nanga-oly | France 2010
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    WE'RE GETTING THERE
    Marko Grba Singh -|Serbia 2011
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    BARBAKAN
    Bartlomiej Zmuda | Poland 2011
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    COUNTRYSIDE
    Yana Skopina & Eugene Kostkin | Russia
  • 00:00h
    THE ROSENBERG TRIO
    The Netherlands

19.02.2012

  • 10:00h
    A PROPHET
    Jacques Audiard
    Tahar Rahim - actor
  • 13:00h
    A BETTER LIFE
    Cédric Kahn
  • 13:00h
    CHICKEN WITH PLUMS
    Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud
    WORKSHOP - Marjane Satrapi - film director
  • 21:00h
    FIREWORKS
    Giacomo Abbruzzese | Italy, France 2011
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    VANISHING
    Bartosz Kruhlik | Poland 2011
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    BOYS, WHERE ARE YOU
    Jelena Gavrilović | Serbia 2011
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    LUNCHBOX STORY
    Pieter Dirkx | Belgium 2010
  • 00:00h
    STRIBOR AND THE POISONERS
    Serbia

20.02.2012

  • 10:30h
    BAD GUY
    Kim Ki-duk
  • 13:00h
    CORPO CELESTE
    Alice Rohrwacher
  • 17:00h
    NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPARATION
    Asghar Farhadi
    WORKSHOP - Leila Hatami - actress
  • 21:00h
    CABBAGEMINCER
    Vadim Viner | Russia 2011
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    LEERFAHRT
    Matis Burkhardt | Germany 2009
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    MADE OF ASHES
    Ognjen Glavonić | Serbia 2012
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    THE SONG OF THE RAIN
    Aygul Bakanova | Kyrgyzstan, UK 2011
  • 00:00h
    ADAM STINGA
    Moldova

21.02.2012

  • 10:30h
    LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
    Zoran Tairović
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    BALKAN STAR
    Andrey Gligoryev
  • 13:00h
    SMALL TOWN
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan
    WORKSHOP - Nuri Bilge Ceylan - film director
  • 16:30h
    STOPPED ON TRACK
    Andreas Dresen
    WORKSHOP - Andreas Dresen - film director
  • 20:00h
    SMILE
    Gil González Penilla | Mexico 2011
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    THE TRIP
    Simão Cayatte | USA, Portugal 2011
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    MARINA
    Sonya Karpunina | Russia 2011
  • 00:00h
    BOBAN & MARKO MARKOVIC ORCHESTRA
    Serbia

22.02.2012

  • 10:30h
    MILENA
    Čarna Radoičić
    ---
    HAPPY NOW
    Frederikke Aspöck
  • 13:00h
    NICOSTRATOS THE PELICAN
    Olivier Horlait
    WORKSHOP - Olivier Horlait - film director
  • 17:00h
    ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • 21:00h
    FRAGMENTS
    Ivan Stojiljković | Serbia, Germany 2011
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    ALTO SAUCE
    Fernando Pomares | Spain 2011
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    GLASGOW
    Piotr Subbotko | Poland 2010
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    THE END OF THE WORLD
    Jani Bojadzi | Macedonia 2011
  • 00:00h
    SONIDO GALLO NEGRO
    Mexico

23.02.2012

  • 10:30h
    DISTANT
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • 13:00h
    MOZZARELLA STORIES
    Edoardo De Angelis
  • 17:00h
    OUT OF BOUNDS
    Frederikke Aspöck
    WORKSHOP - Frederikke Aspöck - film director
  • CLOSING CEREMONY AWARDS CEREMONY

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