Ceylan has a remarkable eye for visuals, though his contemplative, slow-burn dramas aren't everyone's cup of tea. It's no surprise that he has a long background in stills photography, which reminds me of the photographic work of Abbas Kiarostami, that featured in last year's ACMI exhibition of Kiarostami and Erice. Check out Ceylan's photographic work on his website. Here's a sample, Rough Sea (2007).
Thanks to Simon de Bruyn, who has brought to my attention an Inside Film article that confirms some of the above:
Check out the full article. There's no mention of Ceylan appearing, though my source mentioned it's up in the air - he's a man in demand.
Melbourne will play host to the first Melbourne Turkish Film Festival presented by The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Antalya Culture and Arts Foundation together with ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Running between 19–24 April, this debut event will screen a selection from the latest international award winning films to the cult classics from Turkey’s cinema vaults. Through film, universal issues and human emotions will be explored in intriguing Turkish contexts.
The Melbourne Turkish Film Festival website is down at this moment, but I've ascertained the following program info, which includes Ceylan's excellent Three Monkeys. Note the very reasonable ticket prices:
Sunday 19, April 2009
7.30pm Autumn/Sonbahar (private screening)
Monday 20, April 2009
7.15pm Alone/Issız Adam
Tuesday 21, April 2009
Wednesday 22, April 2009
5.30pm The Girl With The Red Scarf /Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım
8.00pm Three Monkeys/Űç Maymun
Thursday 23, April 2009
5.30pm Dry Summer/Susuz Yaz
8.00pm Dilber’s Eight Days/Dilberi’in Sekiz Günü
Friday 24, April 2009
7.00pm Pandora’s Box/Pandora’nın Kutusu (private screening)
General admission $10
3 Films Pass $20
Gold Pass $55 (excludes opening and closing night films)