This year’s Palm d’Or winner at Cannes and Turkey’s selected entry for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Film category, “Winter Sleep” is a lengthy film that’s both nuanced and telling, as it takes its time in unraveling finer details of class and societal struggles.
The official film synopsis reads: Set against the backdrop of a cold and sleepy winter in the picturesque steppes of the Central Anatolia region of Cappadocia, Turkey, “Winter Sleep” tells the story of Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), a former actor, now a newspaper columnist and the owner of a boutique mountaintop hotel, his much younger activist wife Nihal (Melisa Sozen), and his sister Necla (Demet Akbag) who becomes his verbal sparring partner and confidante. A seemingly insignificant incident involving the young son of a former hotel employee casts an ominous shadow over the failing marriage of Aydin and Nihal, and acts as a catalyst for a fierce debate over the class struggle that tears at the fabric of his family and friends.
“Winter Sleep” will open in New York and in Washington D.C. by Adopt Films December 19 and in theaters everywhere in January.
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