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Nuri Bilge Ceylan was a famous photographer before he became a promising Turkish director. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's short movie shows how talented he is as a photographer. It is also an evidence for the following films of him. It is in black and white and catches great pictures. Faces of the old couples are wonderful. You have to watch it as any other Ceylan movie: just sit, be patient and watch all the beautiful scenes and feel the story. For instance, in KOZA you gonna feel the death and born. It is definitely warming watching KOZA after all fast, cuts effects movies. If you like Distant, you gonna love KOZA.
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"Koza" or "Cocoon" is a black-and-white movie from 20 years ago and it
was written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the possibly most
important Turkish director of the 21st century so far. This short film
was nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or in Cannes, but lost out.
However, this was only the beginning of the director's triumphant years
with the Cannes Film Festival. He has been nominated so often there and
won several times with the highlight taking home the big prize last
Do not worry if you don't speak Turkish. Neither do I and this film does not require you to. There is no dialog in here. And yet maybe this is also why I did not really like this watch. Nothing was happening is usually not a valid criticism, but here it applies because it also applies to the artistic impact of this short film which was basically non-existent to me. It's a very slow-moving 18 minutes and I cannot recommend it. It looks much older than mid-90s actually. I read that the filmmaker was working as a photographer before this one and it shows occasionally, especially at the beginning. Here he was still searching for his greatness as a movie maker, but looking at how many awards he won afterward, he probably found it soon after this one. Yet "Koza" is not really worth a watch. thumbs down.
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