About Dry Grasses

About Dry Grasses

Turkey | 2023 | 197 min. | Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Opens March 15, 2024

A teacher working in a remote Turkish village hopes to transfer to Instanbul when he's accused of an inappropriate relationship with one of his pupils in this searing, slow-burn drama from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Starring Deniz Celilo─člu, Musab Ekici, and Merve Dizdar, who won Best Actress at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

Nestled away in wintry East Anatolia, public-school art teacher Samet (Deniz Celilo─člu) yearns to leave the sleepy village for cosmopolitan Istanbul. Further disenchanted when he and Kenan (Musab Ekici), a colleague, come under public scrutiny, Samet fears circumstances will keep him in Anatolia and his dreams of a new life permanently out of reach. A silver lining is a budding relationship with Nuray (Merve Dizdar), a fellow teacher and firebrand who develops connections with both Samet and Kenan, forcing Samet to confront what he can't readily accept. Renowned for his nuanced, visually ravishing imagery, award-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Winter Sleep) capstones the film with one of his greatest sequences, a dazzling metacinematic climax featuring an entrancing performance from Dizdar, who took home Best Actress at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Original Language Title: Kuru Otlar Ustune
  • Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Principal Cast: Deniz Celiloglu, Merve Dizdar
  • Country: Turkey, France, Germany
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 197 min.
  • Producer: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Screenplay: Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Cinematographers: Cevahir Sahin, Kürsat Üresin
  • Editors: Oguz Atabas, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Music: Philip Timofeyev
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2023 (Best Performance by an Actress), Official Academy Awards Submission 2024 (International Feature)
  • Language: Turkish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Janus / Sideshow
  • International Sales: Playtime