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Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkey, republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Sweden 2018 188 mins In Turkish with subtitles

Continuing in the long-take, deeply intimate and conversational vein of much of his previous work, Ceylan’s latest is one of the year’s most beautifully-shot films. Sinan (Dogu Demirkol), an aspiring writer fresh out of college, returns to his childhood village in search of inspiration, grounding, and funds as he tries to write and publish his first novel. But returning home unearths a complex web of emotion, as Sinan’s addict father (Murat Cemcir) coaxes forth the personal struggle between familial responsibility and creative freedom—plus the hard work that goes along with both, even when telling your own story. A deeply perceptive and engaging film, with The Wild Pear Tree “Ceylan delivers what might be his funniest, most politically poignant work yet. It also happens to be achingly personal.” —Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice. Turkey’s foreign-language Oscar submission.

Filmography: Small Town (1998), Clouds of May (2000), Distant (2002), Climates (2006), Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Winter Sleep (2014)

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