18th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 21 - April 28 2019

Ahlat Ağacı

New England Premiere

Ahlat Agaci | The Wild Pear Tree

"A gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie."
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Sensual and lyrical, tremendously well-acted, and ablaze with pastoral beauty."
Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Cast: Aydın Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar, Hazar Ergüçlü, Serkan Keskin, Tamer Levent, Akın Aksu, Öner Erkan, Ahmet Rıfat Şungar

2018 / 188 min. / with English subtitles

For some, the countryside is a place of exile where all hopes ultimately merge with solitude. A boundless place of exile where all hopes and dreams merge with despair like the coinciding destinies of fathers and sons...

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • SIYAD Turkish Film Critics Association (2019): Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Akın Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan), Best Actor (Doğu Demirkol), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Bennu Yıldırımlar), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Murat Cemcir)
  • Cannes Film Festival, France (2018): World Premiere
  • Sydney Film Festival, Australia (2018)
  • Oslo Films from the South Festival, Norway (2018)
  • Seville European Film Festival, Spain (2018)
  • Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel (2018)
  • AFI Fest American Film Insitute (2018)  


Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Istanbul, 1959) spent his early childhood in Yenice, Çanakkale, his father's hometown in the North Aegean until they moved back to Istanbul. He graduated from electrical engineering in Boğaziçi University in 1985 where his interest in the art of photography blossomed at the university’s photography club. After studying film at Mimar Sinan University,  towards the end of 1993, he began shooting the short film Cocoon (Koza). The film was screened at Cannes in May 1995 and became the first Turkish short to be selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Three full-length feature films, described by some as his 'provincial trilogy', The Small Town (Kasaba, 1997), Clouds of May (Mayıs Sıkıntısı, 1999), and Distant (Uzak, 2002). When Distant won the Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Ceylan suddenly became an internationally recognized name. Continuing on the festival circuit after Cannes, Distant scooped a total of 47 awards, 23 of them international, and so became the most award-winning film in the history of Turkish cinema. Climates (İklimler, 2006) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the FIPRESCI Prize.

Competing at the 61st Cannes Film Festival with his 2008 film Three Monkeys (Üç Maymun), Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director award, which later went on to become the first Turkish film to make the Oscar shortlist in the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category.

In 2009, the director returned to Cannes, this time as a member of the main competition jury. In 2011, his film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da) won the Grand Prix again at Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, his next film Winter Sleep (Kış Uykusu) won the top prize "Palme D'or" at Cannes Film Festival.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was presented the Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award in 2009.



6:30 pm

Festival Opening Night

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019
6:30 pm

Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Ahlat Agaci | The Wild Pear Tree

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