Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This Turkish Palme d'Or winner comes with a lot of baggage, not least its 196-minute running time. But for those willing to spend the time to check in - the lead character, Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), runs a remote hotel in central Anatolia - Winter Sleep is not only a fantastically well-scripted and performed commentary on the rifts in modern society, it also looks stunning, capturing the strange rock formations of the region to captivating effect. Initially, Aydin seems somewhat detached from the people around him; an academic and a former actor, he pontificates on life in a smug and somewhat patronising column he writes for a local newspaper. But as winter closes in and business dries up, Aydin finds himself in conflict with those closest to him (like his young wife and his divorced sister). Talky it may be, but the acting is sublime, with director Nuri Bilge Ceylan able to contrast staggering, almost alien landscapes with scenes as intimate as anything on the West End stage.


A former actor who runs a small hotel has a tense relationship with his wife and his sister, who is recovering from a recent divorce. When the area suffers heavy snowfall, the property is used as a shelter, but being unable to leave only makes the conflict between the three even worse. Drama, starring Haluk Bilginer and Melisa Sozen. In Turkish and English.

Cast & Crew

Aydin Haluk Bilginer
Nihal Melisa Sözen
Necla Demet Akbag
Hidayet, driver Ayberk Pekcan
Hamdi Serhat Mustafa Kilic
Ismail Nejat Isler
Suavi Tamer Levent
Levent, teacher Nadir Saribacak
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Other Information

Language: Turkish, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: New Wave FilmsGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Nov 2014