The Wild Pear Tree, the new film from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan, spins an extensive series of conversational encounters into a typically rich, wry, melancholic mood-piece. University graduate Sinan (Aydin Dogu Demirkol) reluctantly returns to his parents’ home in the small coastal town of Çan, hoping to raise enough money to publish a book of stories inspired by his aversion to the region and its citizens. But the gambling debts of his school-teacher father (Murat Cemcir) affect not only Sinan’s future as an author, but also Sinan’s mother and sister.

• This film is Turkey’s selection for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 2019 Academy Awards.

• Read a review from “The Guardian.”

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
in Turkish with English subtitles
Turkey/Republic of Macedonia/France/Germany/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Bulgaria/Sweden
Running Time
188 minutes
Digital, Color