Cinema: Nuri Bilge Ceylan


The 2010 Aydın Doğan Award was given in the Cinema section, where Nuri Bilge Ceylan was deemed a worthy recipient for being a leading name in recent years, and a considerable breakthrough in Turkish cinema; for creating striking examples of our cinema’s search for its identity in recent years that drew global attention, and for setting an example for the younger generation with the awards he received and his success as a director.

The selection committee for 2010 included Doğan Hızlan, Tarık Akan, Mithat Alam, Tevfik Başer, Atilla Dorsay, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Onaran, Murat Özer, Prof. Dr. Sami Şekeroğlu and Azize Tan.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in İstanbul in 1959 and graduated from Boğaziçi University Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, moving thereafter to Mimar Sinan University to read for his master’s degree in Cinema. Ceylan was both the director, and the scriptwriter and producer of his four movies and took a step into the cinema world with his short movie, “Cocoon”. He shot “The Town” in 1997 and “Clouds of May” in 1999.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan competed at the 56th Cannes Film Festival, where his film “Distant” (2002) won the Grand Prix, the second most important award after the Palme D’or. The lead actors of the film, Mustafa Özdemir, and Mehmet Emin Toprak, whom we lost in a tragic automobile accident, played two estranged and lonely cousins in the film, achieving phenomenal success by sharing the “Best Lead Actor” award.

World famous British musician Sting presented Ceylan with Grand Prix for Distant. Muzaffer Özdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak, who depicted two estranged and lonely cousins in the film shared the “Best Lead Actor” award.

“Climates”, Ceylan’s fourth feature film was selected to compete at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The budget of the film was the biggest among Ceylan’s films up to that point. It was edited with digital video technology and became the first of Ceylan's films in which he was not the director of cinematography. Another important aspect of the film was that Nuri Bilge Ceylan stepped in front of the camera and shared the lead role with his wife, Ebru Ceylan.

Ceylan won the “Best Director” award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for his film “Three Monkeys,” which tells the story of a family’s struggle to stay together by burying truths, after small weaknesses turn into big lies that tore the family apart. Upon receiving the award, Ceylan said, “I would like to dedicate this award to someone: To my lonely and beautiful country that I passionately love...”