The top prize-winner at this spring’s Cannes Film Festival will represent Turkey in the foreign-language Academy Award race. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, a provocative drama about a former actor who has alienated just about everyone—including his wife (Melisa Sözen, above)—in the mountain community where he now runs a hotel, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes in May. Ömer Cerik, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, tweeted, “I hope Ceylan will show the same success during his Oscar journey as he has many times in the international arena.”
No Turkish film has ever been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. Winter Sleep will be released in the U.S. later this year by Adopt Films.