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Writers:
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (scenario)
Cemil Kavukçu (additional writing)
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Release Date:
20 December 2002 (Turkey) See more »
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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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(23 articles)
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Not the Tourist's Istanbul See more (58 total) »

Cast

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Muzaffer Özdemir ... Mahmut
Emin Toprak ... Yusuf (as Mehmet Emin Toprak)
Zuhal Gencer ... Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
Nazan Kirilmis ... Lover
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
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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
 
Thanks
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Uzak" - Turkey (original title)
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110 min
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Third part of the unofficial "Provincial Prilogy" with Kasaba (1997) and Mayis Sikintisi (1999).See more »
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73 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Not the Tourist's Istanbul, 18 September 2004
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

Uzak (2002), a Turkish film shown in the U.S. as "Distant,"

was directed, produced, written, and filmed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

This movie is a gritty and somber version of the clash between a "city mouse," Mahmut, played by Muzaffer Özdemir, and a "country mouse," Yusuf, played by Emin Toprak.

Both men are superb actors, and the plot allows them to demonstrate their acting skill. (Tragically, Emin Toprak died in an automobile accident shortly after the movie was completed.)

In most country cousin/city cousin tales, the contrast between rural and urban life styles is portrayed in a humorous fashion. In this film, there's little humor or even warmth. Both men have lost touch with human society. Mahmut 's work as a commercial photographer for a tile company gives him no satisfaction. He has divorced a woman he clearly still loves, and has no satisfying human relationships.

Mahmut has lost his job because of a factory closing in his small town, and doesn't have the skills or the energy to find work in the city. His human interactions are primarily confined to silent observations of the other people who cross his path. He's clearly a warm and caring person, but can't express these qualities in an urban environment.

The cousins don't relate well to the world, and they don't relate well to each other. Neither makes an effort to act in a way that would provide an opportunity for bonding or closeness.

In a sense, this film portrays an opportunity wasted.

Conceivably, each cousin could have provided at least part of what was lacking in the other's life. Instead, they steer parallel unhappy courses. The two men are distant throughout, which is a situation suggested by the film's title.

One of my friends mentioned the masterful way in which Ceylan builds detail upon detail. These details ultimately tell us more about the characters than we might have learned by simple exposition.

Uzak was shown as part of the Rochester Labor Film series. It's not a "labor film" in the traditional sense of that genre. It is a labor film because it demonstrates the harmful effects of unsatisfying work (Mahmut) and unemployment (Yusuf).

This is a quiet, absorbing, dark film. Although it doesn't make for happy viewing, I walked out of the theater realizing that I had seen a truly creative and important movie. This film is worth finding and seeing!

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