12/17/14 4:56pm
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12/17/2014 4:56 PM |
Photo courtesy of Adopt Films

Winter Sleep
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Opens December 19

Among the great, perhaps not entirely incidental pleasures of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s cinema are the middle-aged male faces which linger in his forbiddingly long takes—a Rushmorian array of stoic, weather-worn handsomeness, exhausted mustaches, wind-thinned hair. Haluk Bilginer, who plays Aydin, the retired actor-turned-country squire at the center of Winter Sleep, has the ragged continental hairline, charcoal eyebrows and deflated cheeks of a very late-period (and, y’know, Turkish) James Mason. A former stage star returned home to Anatolia to run a hotel and maintain his father’s property holdings, write a column for a local newspaper, and research a definitive history of Turkish theatre, Aydin is most often found in his study, where gold lamplight pools on rough stucco walls, amid piles of books, play posters and artifacts.