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The Wild Pear Tree
Archived: The Wild Pear Tree - Ahlat Agaci (2018)

director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

With: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar, a.o.

duration: 188 minutes

Official Selection - In Competition

ATTENTION: The film will have English subtitles, not Dutch as previously announced.

For some, the countryside is a place of exile where all hopes ultimately merge with solitude. A boundless place of exile where all hopes and dreams merge with despair like the coinciding destinies of fathers and sons...

"While Ceylan usually deals with the conflicts and regrets of middle-aged men, 'The Wild Pear Tree' focuses on a younger archetype - the angst-riddled young man who aspires to become a famous writer. Unfortunately, Sinan is not particularly good at it. (...) 'The Wild Pear Tree' maintains a visual sophistication unparalleled in international cinema. Ceylan intersperses talky exposition with poetic imagery that deepens the story's thematic concerns, from a majestic swing of the camera that goes up and into a tree - the better to watch the leaves blowing in the breeze - to the slow tracking shot toward the edge of a well." (IndieWire)

"An ambitious, malcontent young graduate and would-be writer comes back to his rural village with a diploma but no job. Now he has to decide whether to take the exams to be a teacher like his old man. He senses defeat and disappointment with life in some of those local friends and family he has left behind. 'The Wild Pear Tree' is a gentle, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie from the Turkish film-maker and Palme winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan: garrulous, humorous and lugubrious in his unmistakable style. It's an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhood and your home town - and how returning to both has a bittersweet savour. As in his previous film 'Winter Sleep', he draws on the spirit of Chekhov." (The Guardian)


director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
producer: Zeynep Özbatur Atakan
screenplay: Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Editor: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cinematography: Gökhan Tiryaki
sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka

production company: Memento Production

More info

dialogue: Turkish
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Turkey - Macedonia - France - Germany - Bosnia and Herzegovina
year: 2018


NURI BILGE CEYLAN (1959): Koza (1995, short), The Town (1997), Clouds of May (1999), Distant (2002), Climates (2006), Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Winter Sleep (2014), The Wild Pear Tree (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:2,39

Other festival films by director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

2011:Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
2000:Clouds of May
1998:The Small Town (Kasaba)


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