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February 6–12, 2015

Chicago Encore Engagment

Winter Sleep
Kiş Uykusu

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Palme d'Or
Cannes Film Fest
"Nuri Bilge Ceylan is at the peak of his powers with Winter Sleep, a richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus"
"[Haluk] Bilginer gives a truly towering performance... Winter Sleep is well worth seeing for Bilginer's work alone. That it's also gorgeous is just gravy"
  —AV Club
Critics' Pick "Patient, beautiful, painful, engrossing"
  —Village Voice
4 stars½ "Riveting"
  —The Dissolve
4 stars "Winter Sleep feels like a novel, an exceptionally rich short story and a cinematic immersion all at once... probably the finest (and paradoxically, least faithful) Chekhov adaptation on film"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Mesmerizing... engrossing yet endlessly mysterious"
  —NewCity Chicago
Recommended "Masterfully staged and performed"
  —Chicago Reader
4 stars "A daunting achievement"

Aydin (Haluk Bilginer) is a landlord and hotelier in a remote mountain region of Anatolia. A former actor, he passes his time writing a column for the local newspaper, chatting with the foreign guests in the hotel and contemplating his yet to be started History of Turkish Theatre. Living with him are his recently divorced sister, Necla (Demet Akbag), and his young wife Nihal (Melisa Sözen), with whom he has an intermittently distant and difficult relationship. Aydin contends with his own ambitions as well as the disappointment of his female dependents and being a wealthy man, he has aspirations to be taken more seriously with his ambitions to be a writer. As the weather turns, so does Aydin, revealing himself as aspiring tyrant and an object of scorn by those around him. Can Aydin save his reputation before he is buried in an avalanche of his own creation?

Winner of the Palme d'Or and the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, this new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), an immersive and provocative Chekhovian drama that is also a compelling and hypnotic study of human frailty.

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, France/Germany/Turkey, 2014, 196 mins. In Turkish with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Feb. 6 at 7 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 7 at 3 & 7 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 8 at 2 & 6 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Feb. 9–12 at 7 pm
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