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About Dry Grasses

Qumra Screenings - Ajyal Film Festival 2020

Nuri Bilge Ceylan / Feature Narrative / Turkey, France, Germany, Sweden / 2023 / 197 min / Colour / DCP / In Turkish / Arabic, English subtitles / Qatar Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


A profound portrait centred around a young teacher named Samet, working in rural eastern Anatolia. With aspirations of relocating to Istanbul, his life takes an unexpected turn when he is accused of abusing a student. The film, noted for its exploration of moral dichotomies such as good versus evil and individualism against collectivism, delves deep into the despair of isolated communities and the complexities of education in Turkey. Set against the stark, wintry landscapes of Anatolia, the film uses its setting to further the narrative's intense emotional and existential themes in this captivating study of alienation, disappointment, and the search for meaning amidst life's trials.

About the Director

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, hailing from Istanbul, has been a distinguished figure in cinema since his debut feature 'The Small Town' in 1997. His early works, including 'Clouds of May' (2000) and 'Distant' (2003), were showcased in a spotlight programme at the Festival in 2003, highlighting his unique directorial vision. Ceylan's subsequent films, 'Climates' (2006), 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' (2011), 'Winter Sleep' (2014), and 'The Wild Pear Tree' (2018), have also graced the Festival, earning him international acclaim. His latest film, 'About Dry Grasses' (2023), continues to build on his illustrious career in filmmaking, competing for the Palme d'Or at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.


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