Nuri Bilge Ceylan: An Aesthetics of Boredom

  • Emre Çağlayan


Çağlayan offers an analysis of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s films in relation to slow cinema and contextual dynamics of filmmaking in Turkey. The chapter begins with an institutional history of cinema in Turkey and discusses the critical intervention by which Ceylan and New Turkish Cinema brought newer ways of telling stories. Following an overview of the production methods Ceylan borrows from the traditional film industry, the chapter moves to investigate boredom as the underpinning aesthetic strategy that is responsible for the filmmaker’s departure from those very customs. With extended analyses of Distant (2002) and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Çağlayan argues that slow cinema has the potential to transform boredom into an aesthetically engrossing and politically liberating experience.


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  • Emre Çağlayan
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  1. 1.School of Arts and CulturesNewcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUK

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