Photo Ebru Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Filmmaker / Photographer

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (b. 1959) is a Turkish film director, photographer, screenwriter and actor.

He won the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2014. He is married to filmmaker, photographer, and actress Ebru Ceylan, with whom he co-starred in Climates (2006).

Ceylan’s films deal with the estrangement of the individual, existentialism, the monotony of human lives, and the details of everyday life. He uses static shots and long takes, usually in natural settings, as well as play with sound, including the use of menacing silences. He is known for filming his protagonist from behind, which, in his view, leaves the audiences to speculate on the brooding emotions of characters whose faces are obscured. Until Climates, Ceylan’s films were made on low budgets, with casts generally consisting of amateur actors, most of whom are family members, including his mother and father. [IMDB]