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Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Competition title.

Memento Film International (Mfi) has acquired international rights to Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep and Argentine Diego Lerman’s Refugiado ahead of their Cannes premieres.

Ceylan’s Palme d’Or contendor Winter Sleep, revolves around retired actor Aydin, who runs a hotel in central Turkey with his emotionally estranged wife and a sister, who is getting over a divorce.

As winter closes in, the hotel becomes both a shelter and a prison. Differences come to a head and Aydin contemplates taking off. The film is set against the beautiful high plateau of Cappadocia.

It is Ceylan’s sixth film to screen in competition at Cannes, where he has picked up three prizes including the Grand Jury Prize for Once upon a Time in Anatolia in 2011.

Winter Sleep has already generated a fair amount of attention on the basis of its length, which extends »


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