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Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep wins Palme d'Or

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep wins Palme d'Or
Jake Bickerton
28 May 2014

Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival at the weekend. It's the latest and most high profile of a long list of top-tier accolades for the director, who's famed for his slow-moving, beautifully shot work, with long takes captured by his cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki.


Winter Sleep was shot on the Sony CineAlta F65 and tells the story of a family running a hotel in the snowy Turkish mountains of Cappadocia. When it came to choosing the camera for the film, Ceylan says: “We made a comparison test before we started, and as soon as I saw the results I decided on the F65 as there was a huge difference with this camera. The F65 is the first time I’ve seen something better than 35mm."


“The resolution, the natural colours and especially the skin tones really appeal to me,” he adds. “I thought 4K would give me more freedom to reframe images if required as the quality is so high. That freedom I think is very important to a filmmaker. The F65 is the best 4K camera around at the moment.”


See below for a six-minute interview with Nuri Bilge Ceylan discussing his choice of camera for Winter Sleep and his tech-savvy approach to directing.




Winer Sleep is released worldwide later this month.

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