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About Dry Grasses
(Kuru Otlar Üstüne)
- Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- Turkey, France, Germany
Samet, a teacher serving mandatory civil service in an isolated village in Anatolia, dreams of a new appointment to a post in Istanbul. But his hopes of reassignment are beginning to fade as he faces another unforgiving winter. His gloomy existence is thrown into further tumult when he’s accused of acting inappropriately toward one of his young students. Feeling assailed from all sides, Samet turns to Nuray, a colleague from a neighboring village and fellow wayward soul.
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (winner of the 2014 Palme d’Or for Winter Sleep) covers this fierce psychological character study with a blanket of snow, backgrounding the proceedings with stunning landscape photography that highlights the harsh beauty and intense realities of Turkish provincial life. Featuring impeccable performances and labyrinthine dialogue, About Dry Grasses weaves an intricate web of desperation, hope, and longing.
International Competition Program Sponsor
John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation
Saturday, October 14, 2023
-   197 minutes
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State St
Chicago, IL 60601
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