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Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The Small Town (Kasaba)

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan Composer Ali Kayaci Cast Mehmet Emin Toprak, Havva Saglam, Cihat Bütün
Edition 1998
85' - 1997 - Drama - Dialogue: Turkish
The film sets out to depict a three generation extended family living in a small Turkish town through the children's eyes. The first part takes place in a primary school where the family's 11-year old daughter is a pupil. It shows her difficulties in adapting to her social environment. She faces feelings of shame and has to cope with the mercilessness of life. The season is winter. The second part takes place in spring. We see the girl with her brother, who is four years younger, on their way to the cornfield where their family is waiting for them. As they pass through the countryside, they encounter the mysteries of nature and wildlife. In the third part the brother and sister witness the complexities and darkness of the adult world…

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Ali Kayaci


Mehmet Emin Toprak, Havva Saglam, Cihat Bütün


Emin Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Ayhan Ergürsel


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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cocoon (short, 1995), The Small Town (1997), Clouds of May (1999), Distant (2002), Climates (2006), Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Winter Sleep (2014), A Long Cold Winter (2016), The Wild Pear Tree (2018), Making of the Wild Pear Tree (2019), About Dry Grasses (2023)