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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

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Mahmut
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Yusuf
Zuhal Gencer ...
Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
Nazan Kesal ...
Lover (as Nazan Kirilmis)
Feridun Koç ...
Janitor
Fatma Ceylan ...
Mother
Ebru Ceylan ...
(as Ebru Yapici)
Bahaltin Surler ...
(as Bahattin Serter)
Nazli Aydin
Engin Hepsev
Asli Orhun
Ahmet Bugay
Arif Asçi
Cemal Gülas
Ahmet Özyurt
Erhan Ersoy
Hakan Kuldan
Ayhan Ergürsel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ata Benli ...
Nazan'in Yegeni (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Written by

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan ... (scenario)
 
Cemil Kavukçu ... (additional writing)

Produced by

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan ... producer
Feridun Koç ... line producer (as Feridun Koc)

Cinematography by

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan ... director of photography (as N. B. Ceylan)

Film Editing by

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan ... (as N. B. Ceylan)
Ayhan Ergürsel

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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

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Ebru Ceylan

Production Management

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Feridun Koç ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Serkan Cindoruk ... second assistant director

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Adnan Sahin ... color supervisor

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Erkan Aktas ... sound mixer
Ismail Karadas ... sound
Richard Welsh ... dolby sound consultant

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Türksoy Gölebeyi ... assistant camera
Zafer Saka ... set & lighting utility

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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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Plot Summary

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 actually the director's real-life cousin, and the actor playing Mahmut is an actual friend, a non-professional actor. Written by Gonz30

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Also Known As
  • Distant (World-wide, English title)
  • Lointain (France)
  • Uzak - Weit (Germany)
  • Lejano (Spain)
  • 冬の街 (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 110 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Features The Mirror (1975). See more »

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