Festival de Cannes 70: Kis Uykusu, 2014

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Visionary, cinematic story-teller Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been frequenting Cannes for some years now (his vast introduction in the press conference below is beyond impressive), so although not many called it, the enduring, powerful, honest, Palme d’Or winner Kis Uykusu (Winter Sleep) was a choice that made sense. What perhaps surprised many was that this certainly is a long, drawn out affair – but so are many of the previous winners. What keeps your attention much of the time is the extraordinarily real dialogue, reminding us of how we talk in real life. And a majority of the conversations here are bleak, about brutally honest, often buried, feelings. The kind that is usually kept behind closed doors, but here we get to feel every word, and the emotion that comes with it. The great Gökhan Tiryaki’s breath-taking cinematography is an awe-inspiring experience all on it’s own, making the three hour running time flow by with ease.

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