Film Details

Nomination Category:

Best Feature Film

Ceremony Year:



Turkey, France, Germany


Zeynep Özbatur Atakan


Alexandre Mallet-Guy and Mustafa Dok


Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Winter Sleep

Set in remote Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a half-empty small village in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin, a retired actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre.

Even so, like all the villagers, Aydin has time on his hands. Through Aydin’s interactions with his wife, his recently divorced sister, and a family of locals who are tenants of one of his properties, we see a smug man brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is.