"Making a film is like placing a letter into a bottle and releasing it into the sea"


Turkish director, screenwriter and photographer Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won the Palme d'Or prize, have come together with moviegoers as part of the ongoing "Turkish Film Week," held in Vienna, the capital of Austria.

In the event organized by Yunus Emre Institute with support from the Directorate General of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, the veteran director gave a lecture for the moviegoers following the premiere screening of his "Ahlat Ağacı" (Wild Pear Tree) at the historic Urania, which had been opened in 1910. Ceylan talked about the challenges and intricacies of making films as well as how he shot his award-winning films.

Noting that he took pride for the awards he won during his career, Ceylan indicated that he didn't make films in order to win awards, but the prizes served him as a source of funds for his next film.

He maintained that he always did his best in his efforts. "Making a film is like placing a letter into a bottle and releasing it into the sea. You don't know who will get it. It will go wherever the waves and the wind take it. Yet, it must be significant. Perhaps, the most important question is why I make a film. It is not always easy to find out the most important reason," he said.

The films screened during the event included Ceylan's "Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da" (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia), "Kış Uykusu" (Winter Sleep) and "Ahlat Ağacı" (Wild Pear Tree), Fikret Reyhan's "Sarı Sıcak" (Yellow Heat), Banu Sıvacı's "Güvercin" (The Pigeon), Ahmet Boyacıoğlu's "Paranın Kokusu" (The Smell Of Money), Tayfun Pirselimoğlu's "Yol Kenarı" (Sideway), Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun's "Anons" (Announcement) and Ömer Lütfi Akad's "Vesikalı Yarim." In addition to the film screenings, the event also featured lectures by actors, directors, screenwriters and directors, interviews, workshops, Turkish cuisine activities, movie posters and object exhibitions.