Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep has a big chance to win the Golden Palm, the most prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival which stars in May 14. The film’s plot is about an actor turned hotel owner, whose separation from her wife and her recently divorced sister make him leave during the winter. It is a drama that takes place in Anatolia, aTurkish city.
Winter Sleep is a 196-minute film, being the longest film in the competition. According to artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, the drama represents the perfect example of cinema d’ auteur. This is the seventh film for Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the director of Winter Sleep. The Turkish director is fascinated with social alienation and emotional estrangement and most of his films present these themes.
The cast of the drama may not be recognized by non-Turkish viewers. The leading role is interpreted by Turkish actor, Haluk Bilginer, who has also starred in British soap operas. The actresses are Demet Akbag, who plays Necla, and Melisa Sozen, who stars as Nihal.
Other competitors include Audrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, which is about a garage owner who decides to stand against corrupt officials, and Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, which portrays life in Mali.