The Wild Pear Tree is a gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie from the Turkish filmmaker and former Palme winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan: garrulous, humorous and lugubrious in his unmistakable and very engaging style. It’s an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhood and your home town – and how returning to both has a bittersweet savour. As in his previous film, Winter Sleep, he draws on the spirit of Chekhov. But his style is all his own: not Chekhovian, but Ceylanian. There are scenes in which people placidly watch TV: largely histrionic soaps whose contrast to the film itself is a type of comedy the director playfully allows us to notice. In fact, The Wild Pear Tree is not unlike a telenovela of family life, taken at a very high-minded, andante pace.“ (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

Around The World in 14 Films 2018, presented by Nicolas Wackerbarth


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Screenplay: Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
OT: Ahlat Ağacı
Country: Turkey, France, Germany 2018
Production: Zeyno Film, Detailfilm, Film i Väst, Memento Films Production
Cast: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar, Hazar Ergüçlü, Asena Keskinci, Tamer Levent
Format: DCP / coulour
Length: 188 min.
Language: Turkish OV / English subtitles
Distribution Germany: /
Festivals: Cannes, Sydney, Melbourne, Jerusalem, Toronto, Golden Rose, New York etc.


“The Wild Pear Tree” is Turkey’s 2019 Oscar® Entry (“Best Foreign Language Film”).