Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul in 1959. His first short film, Koza (1995), was screened at the Festival de Cannes, a first for Turkish cinema. He went on to direct Kasaba (1997), Clouds of May (1999), and Uzak (2003), which won the Grand Prix and Best Actor Awards for its two leads at Cannes. His next films all won awards at Cannes: Climates (2006) took the FIPRESCI Prize; Three Monkeys (2008) won the Best Director Award; and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) received the Grand Prix. In 2014, Winter Sleep won the Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI Prize. Ceylan returned to the Official Competition at Cannes with The Wild Pear Tree (2018) and About Dried Grasses (2023), which won the Best Actress Award.