Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 300: Sun Oct 27

Distant (Ceylon, 2002): Rio Cinema, 1pm

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Distant’ is being shown in a season curated by Octavian Dancila as part of the Programming and Curation MA at the National Film and Television School, ‘Together Alone’ is a season of four absorbing, thought-provoking films exploring solitude from different, and often surprising perspectives. There is a double bill each afternoon together with introductions, a panel discussion and a live spoken word performance by British/Ghanaian poet Miss Yankey. Discover more at the website here.

This double bill today at the Rio Cinema also includes ‘A Coffee In Berlin (Gerster, 2013). Full details can be found here.

Chicago Reader review:
Clouds of May, the second feature of Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, struck some viewers as belonging to the school of Kiarostami, a mistake they wouldn't make with his masterful third feature. An industrial photographer in Istanbul (Muzaffer Ozdemir) who hasn't recovered from his busted marriage finds himself the reluctant host of a country cousin (Mehmet Emin Toprak) looking for work. Ceylan uses this slim premise to build a psychologically nuanced relationship between the men, as an uncomfortable domestic arrangement leads to irrational spats. The narrative, capped by a brief bad dream and the capture of a mouse, isn't always legible, but it feeds into a monumental, luminous visual style like no other. The nonprofessional leads won top honors at Cannes; shortly afterward Toprak died in an auto accident.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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