Watch: Trailer for Cannes Palme d’Or Winner ‘Winter Sleep’


Winter Sleep trailer
Photo: Adopt Films

Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s Winter Sleep won this year’s Cannes Film Festival top prize and will play the Toronto Film Festival, but I’m not sure I’ll be taking it in unless it fits a time slot where the three hour and 16 minute running time doesn’t force me to miss two to three films I could otherwise see. After all, Adopt Films has already picked this one up for release later this year so it isn’t like I won’t ever have a chance to see it. That said, I really can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about.

The story centers on Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), a former actor, who runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal (Melisa Sözen) with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla (Demet Akbag) who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.

Turkey has already chosen the film as their submission for Best Foreign Language at the 2015 Oscars, but Adopt has not yet set a domestic release date.

Watch the trailer below.