Ceylan's Winter Sleep: From Ambiguity to Nothingness


  • Aslı Daldal Yildiz Technical University, Bogazici University




Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Trilogy of Province, Winter Sleep, New Turkish Cinema


Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a puzzling filmmaker who started his career as a photographer and initially made films with a “photographic” spirit. But from his first films known as the Trilogy of Province to his award winning latest feature Winter Sleep, Ceylan has changed drastically. Once a modest artist refusing to give interviews, Ceylan has become a regular “red carpet” figure. So this essay will analyze Ceylan’s Winter Sleep from a critical theoretical perspective and try to underline the changes in his cinematography as well as philosophical orientations since his Trilogy of Province. The main points of argument will focus on his shift from an affirmative  politics  of “ambiguity” towards a dark postmodern “nothingness”.

Author Biography

Aslı Daldal, Yildiz Technical University, Bogazici University

Associate Professor of Political Science at Yildiz Technical Univ-Istanbul, affiliated art instructor, Bogazici Univ. Dept. of Western Languages


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How to Cite

Daldal, A. (2018). Ceylan’s Winter Sleep: From Ambiguity to Nothingness. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 6(2), 181–199. https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2017.180