The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)
‘The Wild Pear Tree’ follows Sinan—an aspiring writer who returns home after college hoping to make enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers, only to find his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father. As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is. Unhurried, and magnificently acted, the film uses a young man's post-graduation experience to pose thoughtful, and engaging questions about life in contemporary Turkey.
About the Director
Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul in 1959, and spent his childhood in Yenice, Çanakkale, his paternal hometown. After graduating from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Istanbul's Boğaziçi University, he studied cinema at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University for two years. After making the short film 'Cocoon' (1995), his first two feature-length films, 'Small Town' (1997) and 'Clouds of May' (1999) were screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. His subsequent films are 'Distant' (2002), which won the Grand Jury and Best Actor Prizes at the Festival de Cannes; 'Climates' (2006), which took the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes; 'Three Monkeys' (2008), for which he was named Best Director at Cannes; and 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' (2011), which gave him his second Cannes Grand Jury Prize. 'Winter Sleep' (2014), his most recent film, received the Palme d’Or, the most prestigious award of the Festival de Cannes.
- Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- Akın Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- Zeynep Özbatur Atakan
- Gökhan Tiryaki
- Aydın Doğu Demirkol (Sinan) Murat Cemcir (İdris) Bennu Yıldırımlar (Asuman) Hazar Ergüçlü (Hatice) Serkan Keskin (Local writer Süleyman) Tamer Levent (Grandpa Recep) Akın Aksu (Imam Veysel) Öner Erkan (Imam Nazmi) Ahmet Rıfat Şungar (Rıza) Kubila