Çanakkale in western Turkey is the possible site of ancient Troy. It’s also the hometown of acclaimed screenwriter/director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, DFF29; Three Monkeys, DFF31; Winter Sleep, DFF34; Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, DFF37)—and the setting for his latest feature. Now Turkey’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, The Wild Pear Tree is a languidly paced, starkly beautiful meditation of the inevitability of compromise and the shifting perspectives of age.
Sinan returns home from college determined to pursue a career in literature. In the lull that follows, he reconnects with family and friends—including one who has gone off to join the riot police (a nod to the tension in Turkey today) while attempting to persuade a local bigwig to support the publication of his novel and encountering an old flame now poised on the brink of marriage. But it is Sinan’s relationship with his feckless father that weighs most heavily on him—not least because of the gambling debts the old man has accrued.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
Producer: Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan | Editor: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Cinematographer: Gökhan Tiryaki | Screenwriter: Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cast: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar, Hazar Ergüçlü, Serkan Keskin
Additional Countries: France, Germany, Bulgaria