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Uzak (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 December 2002 (Turkey)
After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Writers:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (scenario), Cemil Kavukçu (additional writing)
31 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Muzaffer Özdemir ... Mahmut
Mehmet Emin Toprak ... Yusuf
Zuhal Gencer Zuhal Gencer ... Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
Nazan Kesal Nazan Kesal ... Lover (as Nazan Kirilmis)
Feridun Koç Feridun Koç ... Janitor
Fatma Ceylan Fatma Ceylan ... Mother
Ebru Ceylan Ebru Ceylan ... (as Ebru Yapici)
Bahaltin Surler Bahaltin Surler ... (as Bahattin Serter)
Nazli Aydin Nazli Aydin
Engin Hepsev Engin Hepsev
Ercan Kesal
Asli Orhun Asli Orhun
Ahmet Bugay Ahmet Bugay
Arif Asçi Arif Asçi
Cemal Gülas Cemal Gülas
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Storyline

Mahmut, a 40 year old independent photographer, is a "village boy made good" at least professionally in the big city - Istanbul in this case. After his wife leaves him, he falls into an existential crisis. Then comes his cousin Yusuf, who left his native village after a local factory closed down, effectively unemploying over half the local men. He looks to Istanbul for salvation: a job on board a ship sailing abroad, at once exciting and crucial to supporting his family in the desperately poor village. The distance between the two men is apparent at once, and becomes increasingly pronounced. Whereas Mahmut is adusted to big city life and suffers from many of its neuroses, Yusuf is a lonely, excentric country worker with annoying nervous and hygienic habits, and a sick mother back home he must somehow support. This intimate drama was filmed in the director's apartment in Istanbul, using all his furniture, appliances, rooms, car and so on as the film's props. The actor playing Yusuf is ... Written by Gonz30

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Official submission of Turkey for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Host & Guest (2005) See more »

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L'etranger from Camus
12 January 2005 | by ertuncSee all my reviews

For those who are like me and are used to watch and enjoy high budget Hollywood films, on huge screens with a surround audio, this film seems to be so distant. However it surprised me how close can it be to any human while I watch it. It is so natural that you feel like nobody wrote a scenario or nobody directed it. You are the director and you are writing the scenario while you watch it. For me, the time I spend on watching a film is the only time which I go to another world. This film is the first sample for me which shows that it is not always a must to watch millions of dollars of budgeted films, surround audio capabilities to go to another world. This films sends you to another world (or maybe makes you return back to yourself) without millions of dollars of budget, or technical capabilities. I felt like that I'm reading L'etranger from Camus.


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Official Sites:

NBC film

Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Distant See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,280, 14 March 2004

Gross USA:

$96,293

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$757,008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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