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Director:
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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Plot:
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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Awards:
25 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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(23 articles)
User Reviews:
Masterpiece See more (60 total) »

Cast

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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
 
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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Runtime:
110 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
In an interview, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan says that he actually didn't have any idea of shooting Yusuf's outdoor scenes in a snowy Istanbul. However, Ceylan woke up one day and saw that the city was covered in snow, so he decided to shoot those scenes that day.See more »
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References Vanilla Sky (2001)See more »

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48 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 27 January 2005
Author: smakawhat from Washington, DC

It has taken me about a year now after seeing this film to write about it. Lord knows I have wanted to, after witnessing it I knew I saw something I hadn't seen before but wasn't sure why. Now after reflecting for quite some time I know, it's these characters that even now I still can't stop thinking about.

Distant briefly and slowly tells the story of a relative (Yusuf) who comes from the rurals to live briefly with a well off to do photographer (Mahmut) in the city in hopes to find employment. However it becomes clear that after Yusuf hypothesizes the idea of being a sailor and his employment prospects dim, that he's really searching for something else, some sort of purpose in his life.

Through all this soul searching we are taken through seasonal surroundings that are filmed exquisitely. The context in which they happen makes the scenes more powerful in 2 particular ones when a girl Yusuf has been following suddenly meets up with her significant other, and the look of Yusuf's face as he looks into a basket of fish and the shot and light that reflects off his tortured face. That scene in itself has to be one of the most gorgeously filmed pieces I have witness in I don't know how long.

In the end Mahmut has his own demons too, but ends up confronting his relative that he is not really trying to find a job and is forced to ask him to leave, in a scene that is very simple but has the feeling of true heartbreak.

What the viewer is left with is lots of reflecting and pondering for these 2 people who everyone can see a piece of themselves in. You should not be put off by the pace of this film it is truly worth every single breathtaking second.

Rating 10 out of 10.

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