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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Wild Pear Tree

Ahlat Ağacı

2018, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, 183 min.
With Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 22nd 2:30pm
  • Fri, Feb 22nd 6:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 23rd 2:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 23rd 7:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 24th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 25th 6:30pm
  • Tue, Feb 26th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 27th 6:30pm
  • Thu, Feb 28th 7:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"★★★1/2 May be the one film out there with the uncanny, gorgeously ruminative ability to take you away from everything cluttering a Chicagoan’s head space right now...I can't wait to see it again."--Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune.

"Ceylan delivers what might be his funniest, most politically poignant work yet. It also happens to be achingly personal."--Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

Ranked high in the pantheon of contemporary filmmakers, Ceylan follows up his 2014 Cannes Palme D'Or-winner WINTER SLEEP with a work of breathtaking visual beauty, subtle political resonance, and a comic/bitter/lyrical range of tone unmatched in his previous work. Sinan (Demirkol), a recent college graduate and aspiring writer, reluctantly returns to his hometown. While attempting to raise money to self-publish his first novel, he encounters people who reawaken his deep ambivalence about his small- town roots--most acutely, his father (Cemcir), a once-respected schoolteacher whose gambling addiction has dragged the family into debt. Stunning widescreen compositions trace Sinan's wanderings between the pastoral countryside and the breezy port city of Çanakkale--the latter linked to legendary battlefields (Troy, Gallipoli) that mirror the generational warfare at the heart of this deeply personal and richly metaphorical film. In Turkish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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