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UZAK

Turkey, 2003 (MIFF 2003, International Panorama)

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Acknowledged as the revelation of the Official Competition at Cannes this year, and the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor award—shared between the two leads—Uzak is a haunting tale of displacement and longing from Turkish auteur Nun Bilge Ceyian.

Yusuf has left his small rural town for the bustle of Istanbul, hoping to gain employment on a harbour boat. He moves in with his uncle, Mahmut, a single photographer who resents the sudden intrusion. The obsessive bachelor, who clings to the routines of his solitary life, and the passive young man, both search for the possibility of a connection in the harsh world in which they live.

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