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A lone man stands overlooking a windswept grassy landscape, and a river.

About Dry Grasses Kuru Otlar Üstüne

  Nuri Bilge Ceylan

  Turkey, France, Germany     197 minutes


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.


 Turkish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Sat, Oct 14 @ 7:45pm CDT

at Siskel Center, Screen 1

In-Person Screening

Sun, Oct 15 @ 6:30pm CDT

at AMC NEWCITY, Screen 4

Film Credits

  •   Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Nadir Öperli, Kristina Börjeson, Anthony Muir, Sébastien Beffa
  •   Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  •   Oğuz Atabaş, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  •   Cevahir Şahin, Kürşat Üresin
  •   Deniz Celiloğlu, Merve Dizdar, Musab Ekici, Ece Bağci, Erdem Şenocak, Yüksel Aksu, Münir Can Cindoruk, Onur Berk Arslanoğlu, Yildirim Gücük, Cengiz Bozkurt, S.Emrah Özdemir, Elif Ürse, Elit Andaç Çam, Nalan Kuruçim, Ferhat Akgün, Eylem Canpolat
  •   Philip Timofeyev, Giuseppe Verdi
  •   NBC Film, Memento Production, Komplizen FIL


Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation