About Dry Grasses

(Kuru otlar üstüne)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s masterfully character-driven return to the screen probes into power dynamics and the darkest regions of the human soul.

Dorota Lech, Toronto International Film Festival

Deniz Celiloğlu, Merve Dizdar, Musab Ekici, Ece Bağci,

In a village nestled within the wintry landscape of the East Anatolia region of Turkey, public-school art teacher Samet (Deniz Celiloğlu) yearns to leave the sleepy village for cosmopolitan Istanbul. His situation and challenges are helped by his budding relationship with Nuray (Merve Dizdar), a fellow teacher. Renowned for his nuanced, visually ravishing imagery, award-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Winter Sleep) capstones the film with one of his greatest sequences, a dazzling metacinematic climax featuring an entrancing performance from Dizdar, who took home Best Actress at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Ebru Ceylan
  • Akin Aksu
  • Kürşat Üresin
  • Cevahir Şahin
  • Turkish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 198 mins
  • Janus Films

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