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Nuri Bilge Ceylan (scenario)
Cemil Kavukçu (additional writing)
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Release Date:
20 December 2002 (Turkey) See more »
After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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25 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Muzaffer Özdemir ... Mahmut
Emin Toprak ... Yusuf (as Mehmet Emin Toprak)
Zuhal Gencer ... Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
Nazan Kesal ... Lover (as Nazan Kirilmis)
Feridun Koc ... Janitor (as Feridun Koç)
Fatma Ceylan ... Mother
Ebru Ceylan (as Ebru Yapici)
Bahaltin Surler (as Bahattin Serter)
Nazli Aydin
Engin Hepsev
Ercan Kesal
Asli Orhun
Ahmet Bugay
Arif Asçi
Cemal Gülas
Ahmet Özyurt
Erhan Ersoy
Hakan Kuldan
Ayhan Ergürsel

Directed by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan  scenario
Cemil Kavukçu  additional writing

Produced by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan .... producer
Feridun Koc .... line producer
Cinematography by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (director of photography) (as N. B. Ceylan)
Film Editing by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan  (as N. B. Ceylan)
Ayhan Ergürsel 
Production Management
Feridun Koc .... production manager (as Feridun Koç)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serkan Cindoruk .... second assistant director
Art Department
Adnan Sahin .... color supervisor
Sound Department
Erkan Aktas .... sound mixer
Ismail Karadas .... sound
Richard Welsh .... dolby sound consultant
Camera and Electrical Department
Turksoy Golebeyi .... assistant camera (as Türksoy Gölebeyi)
Zafer Saka .... set & lighting utility
Editorial Department
Tuncay Koçtürk .... negative cutter
Mustafa Oruç .... negative & positive bathing
Erol Sahin .... printing
Mustafa Sahin .... negative & positive bathing
Zekeriya Sahin .... printing
Eyüp Yildiz .... negative cutter
Yahya Öztürk .... negative & positive bathing
Alaeddin Aksoy .... thanks
Asiye Aksoy .... thanks
Arif Asçi .... thanks
Necmi Aykar .... thanks
Asiye Bodur .... thanks
Ebru Ceylan .... thanks (as Ebru Yapici)
Emine Ceylan .... thanks
Zeki Demirkubuz .... thanks
Sadik Incesu .... thanks
Cemil Kavukçu .... thanks
Temel Kerimoglu .... thanks
Kadir Kubasik .... thanks
Hakan Kürtür .... thanks
Cemal Okan .... thanks
Serdar Pehlivanoglu .... thanks
Keriman Ulusoy .... thanks
Ahmet Çadirci .... thanks
Kamer Çelik .... thanks
Reis Çelik .... thanks
Yüksel Öztürk .... thanks
Ahmet Özyurt .... thanks
Metin Üstündag .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Uzak" - Turkey (original title)
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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

At the Cannes Film Festival 2003, the best actor award was given to both of the leading actors in the film, 'Mehmet Emin Toprak' (Yusuf) and 'Muzaffer Ozdemir' (Mahmut). Toprak was unable to receive his award because he had died in a car accident not long after he learned that he was nominated.See more »
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Referenced in Host & Guest (2005)See more »


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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
very good, 20 July 2005
Author: DAW-8 from Minneapolis, USA

Reading some of the other reviews of this film, i was reminded of both good and not so good aspects of it. But overall, i have to say it is one of the better films i have seen from any number of genres or countries recently. More than anything else, it avoided many of the typical traps of more recent international cinema, like taking nice pictures of landscapes or being 'hip', 'fun' or imitating American films like pulp fiction. The film is unique in many ways. For one thing, it is a film about relationships in which sex plays no role (unusual, especially for foreign films). It is also a film about two men's relationship to each other (also unusual - not a 'buddy film', no homosexual tension, no ego/phallic competition). It uses little dialogue, but communicates a tremendous amount. It is a simple story, yet full of complex details which are easily understood by any human being and universal in their relevance. I did not find the film dark or depressing (everything would seem this way if you watch Hollywood happy ending films all the time), but rather a true reflection of human emotions. For instance, in the scene where Mahmut realizes his cousin is gone is you see both his feeling of relief, that the cousin is gone and yet regret, that he pushed him away. Who has not felt such ambivalence - when losing a friend or lover, or in some other situation? It's rare to get these kinds of real human emotions displayed on film in a non-cliché way. As far as culture is concerned, or this being a Turkish film, i feel it strikes the very difficult balance between being a 'Turkish' film - about realities which more apply to that place (the greater struggle to make it in a Turkish city versus a European one; the greater contrast between country and city), and a universal, human story which didn't necessarily have to be set in Turkey. In this day and age where people around the world are consuming culture and fetishizing it, this film does not try to entice us as 'Turkish', nor does it try to communicate it as a 'harsh reality', or 'that's how Turkey/Istanbul IS'. And yet the cultural elements are there. I think the comparison to 'lost in translation' that somebody made is quite good. Everyone, at least in the US, was raving about that film. I personally thought it was mediocre at best. It was well put by someone as a vague story which supposedly was supposed to deal with 'disorientation' that happens to people living or traveling overseas. Even if the film was supposed to be humorous, the characters and their motivations or crises were never clear (even for a 'lighter' film or comedy, this is necessary). And i found myself being treated to a typically 'orientalist' story of the alienated Amerian overseas. Going back to 'Distant', as for the idea that this is bad acting, or too slow, or has no plot, I'm sorry but people who say this know nothing about film making and maybe nothing about being human, no offense. You do not have to be a film aficionado or cultural connoisseur to appreciate this film. This film will be two hours of your time well spent!

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