Variety reports that Winter Sleep, the recipient of the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been picked up for U.S. distribution through Adopt Films. Adopt has tentatively slated the film for a release late in the year to coincide with awards season. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s last picture, the solemn and contemplative Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, was nominated for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, in addition to tying for the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2011.
Winter Sleep stars Haluk Bilginer as Aydin, an unrepentantly petty op-ed writer for a Turkish newspaper, who spends most of the film viciously bickering with his long-suffering wife and fed-up sister. The Dissolve’s Mike D’Angelo wrote positively of the film in his report from Cannes, calling it “an epic portrait of a complete prick” and describing the first hour of the film as “flat-out terrific,” while conceding that he’d “be lying if I claimed it wasn’t frequently an endurance test. Some movies really are just too damn long.”
A talky, three-hour-plus Turkish drama may not shatter any box-office records when it comes to American shores later this year, but it’s always heartening to see quality foreign cinema make the journey across the Atlantic.