Winner of the Grand Prix and two Best Actor Awards at the Cannes International Film Festival, Distant, set in a wintry, contemporary Istanbul, is a profoundly beautiful film about detachment and isolation. Mahmut, a relatively successful commercial photographer, has been struggling to come to terms with the growing gap between his artistic ideals and his professional obligations. His workload, coupled with the lingering loss he still feels for his ex-wife, leaves him clinging to the obsessive routines of his solitary life. Without warning, Mahmut’s distant relative Yusuf arrives in Istanbul determined to find a job. In need of a place to stay as he searches for work, Yusuf imposes himself on Mahmut, who resents the sudden intrusion, but nonetheless feels obliged to help his family. As the two men struggle to make a connection, communication is slowly reduced to the bare minimum; and their time together must come to an end. Buoyed by comic moments, Distant is an unforgettable and insightful meditation on the human condition and the bittersweet feeling of being alive.

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Distant (2002)

Unrated

Drama · 1h 45m · 12/20/2002

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Winner of the Grand Prix and two Best Actor Awards at the Cannes International Film Festival, Distant, set in a wintry, contemporary Istanbul, is a profoundly beautiful film about detachment and isolation. Mahmut, a relatively successful commercial photographer, has been struggling to come to terms with the growing gap between his artistic ideals and his professional obligations. His workload, coupled with the lingering loss he still feels for his ex-wife, leaves him clinging to the obsessive routines of his solitary life. Without warning, Mahmut’s distant relative Yusuf arrives in Istanbul determined to find a job. In need of a place to stay as he searches for work, Yusuf imposes himself on Mahmut, who resents the sudden intrusion, but nonetheless feels obliged to help his family. As the two men struggle to make a connection, communication is slowly reduced to the bare minimum; and their time together must come to an end. Buoyed by comic moments, Distant is an unforgettable and insightful meditation on the human condition and the bittersweet feeling of being alive.

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Status

Released

Language

Turkish

Country

Turkey

Production Company

NBC Film

Revenue

$767,337
Cast
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Muzaffer Özdemir

Mahmut
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Emin Toprak

Yusuf
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Zuhal Gencer

Nazan (as Zuhal Gencer Erkaya)
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Nazan Kirilmis

Lover
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Feridun Koc

Janitor
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Fatma Ceylan

Mother
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Ebru Ceylan

(as Ebru Yapici)
Crew
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Writer
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Cemil Kavukçu

Writer
Disc Releases
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Distant

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

12/27/2022

Disc Title Front Cover

Distant

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/22/2005

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