Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s most recent film after Winter Sleep, The Wild Pear Tree, is in cinemas in Turkey and in select cinemas in London.
The film recounts the personal journey of Sinan, a recent university graduate who returns home to his village in Canakkale, who sets out to publish his first novel manuscript, that has the same title as the film.
Ceylan called the film his wordiest yet, with the film consisting of long dialogues of Sinan with the village’s inhabitants, as he tries to get assistance from the local patrons in publishing his work. A specific scene where he chats with two local imams, takes more than half an hour.
The film signals a trend in Ceylan’s cinematography towards more dialogue-heavy films since Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.
Although the film did not win any awards at the Cannes Film Festival, it received universal acclaim from critics. The Guardian published two reviews that praise the film for its quality storytelling and cinematography.