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- Year: 2008
- Film Format: 35mm
- Origin: Turkey
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 cinemascope
- Runtime: 109 mins
- Language: Turkish
- Subtitles: English
After his critically acclaimed mood pieces Distant and Climates, Turkey’s leading filmmaker moves in a more plot-driven direction while retaining his mastery of ambience, nuance and astonishing cinematography.
Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Three Monkeystells a twisty, noirish tale that opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur Eyüp to take the rap. The film concerns the effects of this devil’s bargain on Eyüp’s family as simmering tensions and sexual intrigue wreak havoc in a household already haunted by hidden ghosts.
In the spirit of Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Haneke’s Caché, Three Monkeys mounts a caustic critique of the bourgeois family, riddled with hypocrisy yet stubbornly resilient in its seemingly boundless capacity to sidestep guilt and accountability.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Since winning the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2003 for DISTANT (Uzak), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the ‘Lone Wolf’ of Turkish cinema, has been critically acclaimed for his spare and unaffected style of filmmaking, inviting comparisons to Tarkovsky, Bresson and Kiarostami. Humorous and masterful, his is a cinema that spans the modern experience: examining rural life, relationships, masculinity, and urban alienation. Often operating as writer, director, editor and cinematographer, and usually casting members of his own family, Ceylan's style is unique because it is so personal.
Ceylan was born in Istanbul in 1959 and was brought up in the rural region of Antelonia. After initially studying engineering, he changed track and studied filmmaking at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. An accomplished photographer, he was first noticed for his 1995 short film, COCOON (Koza) which was selected to play in competition at Cannes. His first feature, THE SMALL TOWN (Kasaba), was shot in black-and-white in the town where he grew up, with a team of only two (Ceylan included). His two following films, CLOUDS OF MAY (Mayis Sikintisi) and DISTANT (Uzak) were selected respectively for the Berlin Film Festival in 2000 and Cannes in 2003. DISTANT won the Grand Prix and Best Actor prize at Cannes.
CASTEyüp YAVUZ BINGÖL
Hacer HATICE ASLAN
Ismail AHMET RIFAT SUNGAR
Servet ERCAN KESAL
Bayram CAFER KÖSE
The Child GÜRKAN AYDIN
CREDITSDirector NURI BILGE CEYLAN
Screenplay EBRU CEYLAN, ERCAN KESAL & NURI BILGE CEYLAN
Producer ZEYNEP ÖZBATUR
Dir. of Photography GÖKHAN TIRYAKI
Editing AYHAN ERGÜRSEL, BORA GÖKSINGÖL & NURI BILGE CEYLAN
Co-producers FABIENNE VONIER, VALERIO DE PAOLIS, CEMAL NOYAN, NURI BILGE CEYLAN
Art Director EBRU CEYLAN
Sound MURAT SENÜRKMEZ, UMUT SENYOL, OLIVIER GOINARD
1st Asst. Dir. AYLA KARLI TEZGÖREN
1st Asst. Camera SERKAN GÜLGÜLER
Color Grading BORA GÖKSINGÖL
Make-up GÜLCAN BAYAR ÖGE
Prod. Manager ARDA TOPALOGLU
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