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Nuri Bilge Cevlan’s Winter Sleep opens at ARC Stockton Arts Centre on Friday 16th January and is showing until Wednesday 21st January. The worthy winner of the Palme d’Or, this film takes place among the beautiful, strange and majestic hills of Cappodocia in Turkey. This jagged landscape sets the scene for a melancholy tale of emotional unraveling.

The story centres on Aydin, played by the imposing Haluk Bilginer, who has inherited many local properties and runs a hotel with his young wife Nihal (Melisa Sözen). Aydin is a retired actor but is conceited, pompous, intolerant man who only thinks of himself. An event early in the film is the catalyst for Aydin’s world to become more and more broken. His failing marriage becomes strained in the isolated setting along with constant disagreements with his recently divorced sister and a family in the village. He gradually comes to realize the unending compromises of life and is faced with the painful reality of his true self.

Winter Sleep is a truly rich, serious and slowly measured. This is a mesmerizing film you need to get immersed in, at over three hours long, it would be advisable to sit back, relax and give your whole self to.

Winter Sleep is screening at ARC, Stockton from Friday 16th January.

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