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21TH edition NOVEMBER 29 TO DECEMBER 7, 2024

About Dry Grasses (Kuru Otlar Üstüne)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkey, France, Germany

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Director's Biography

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.

Screenings :
Satur 25 / 19h00 / Palais des Congrès Salle des Ambassadeurs
Satur 25 / 19h00 / Palais des Congrès Salle des Ambassadeurs

In the presence of the film crew

Samet, a young art teacher, is finishing his fourth year of compulsory military service in a remote village in Anatolia. After a turn of events he can hardly make sense of, he loses his hope of escaping the grim life he seems to be stuck in. Will his encounter with Nuray, another teacher, help him overcome his angst?

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Nadir Öperli, Kristina Börjeson, Anthony Muir, Sébastien Beffa

Screenwriter Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Cinematographer Cevahir Şahin, Kürşat Üresin

Production Designer Meral Aktan

Editor Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Sound Clément Laforce

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Colour Colour

Deniz Celiloğlu, Merve Dizdar, Musab Ekici, Ece Bağcı, Erdem Şenocak, Yüksel Aksu

Production Company Memento Production, NBC Film, Komplizen Film

International Sales Company Playtime

Distributor Teleview International


Turkey, France, Germany