In person: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director
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The Freer|Sackler is honored to welcome Nuri Bilge (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, the Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep), Turkey’s most accomplished director, to screen and discuss his latest film, which debuted to near-unanimous accolades at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In it, an aspiring writer returns to his hometown to try to further his career, only to be forced into a reckoning with his father’s shadowy past. Suffused with the philosophical, visual, and narrative richness that characterize Ceylan’s films, The Wild Pear Tree is “a gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie . . . It’s an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhood and your home town, and how returning to both has a bittersweet savour” (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian). (Dir.: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France/Germany/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Sweden, 2018, 188 min., DCP, Turkish with English subtitles)