Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #1. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep

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Winter Sleep

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Writers: Nuri Bilge Ceylan and wife/actress/producer Ebru Ceylan
Producers: Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan (has been Ceylan’s producer since Climates).
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Haluk Bilginer (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Demet Akbag, Melisa Sözen

There was a time when Kar-Wai, Ki Duk, Almodovar could do no wrong. And while they’ve had recent bumps in the road, apart from Haneke the filmmaker personality who has landed number one on our 2014 list has been solid for more than a decade. Since he preemed his third film 2002′s Distant in Cannes, he has been batting near a thousand with Climates, Three Monkeys and arguably one of the best films of 2011 in Once Upon A Time in Anatolia. Nuri Bilge Ceylan might follow up his masterwork set in the sprawling hills with what looks like a portrait in a more unforgiving terrain. Production lasted four weeks and began exactly one year to the date.

Gist: This is a drama set in the unique backdrop of Cappadocia, Turkey.

Release Date: This will be a Cannes Film Festival Main Competition showing.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)