Thursday, 19 June 2014

A film for photographers

I don't usually post a picture which is not a photo I have taken myself, but I want to draw this to the attention of photographers.

This film, winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and the audience award for best narrative feature at the Sydney Film Festival is one that anyone with an interest in photography should try to see. 

The film-maker, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (director and co-writer) is also a stills photographer. it shows. Every frame is like a photograph, held just long enough to explore, but without it flagging. Portraits, landscapes, interiors, action shots, animals, people, emotions....

Not everyone is going to like a wordy, philosophical, 3-hour + film, but I loved it, especially as it was so visually stunning. Every frame could be framed and hung in a photographic exhibition. It also has a lot to say about the human condition.

It was a late starter in the Sydney Film Festival, not included in the official competition, or program. The two screenings were announced after the festival began, and were sold out. 

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