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Adopt Films Grabs U.S. Rights to Palme d'Or Winner 'Winter Sleep'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 23, 2014 at 11:59AM

Adopt Films has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
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"Winter Sleep"
Adopt Films "Winter Sleep"

Adopt Films has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The 196-minute Turkish drama, set in Anatolia, examines the divide between Turkey's haves and have nots, focusing on a former actor who now writes for a newspaper and runs a mountaintop hotel as well as his sister and his much younger activist wife.

In his Cannes review, TOH!'s Tom Christie calls Ceylan a "badass" and notes that the film "doesn't unfold so much as unspool...manag[ing] not only to sustain interest but to mesmerize."

In a statement, Adopt Films President Tim Grady and EVP of Marketing and Distribution Jeff Lipsky said, "'Winter Sleep’ is an epic film: A symphony of words and a sonata of visual splendor.  A film like this, so rich with ideas, dazzling dialogue, and intelligent characters, is one that is instantly unforgettable.  We are proud to partner with Nuri Bilge Ceylan on his achievement of a lifetime."

Adopt Films plans to release "Winter Sleep" in the U.S. at the end of 2014, in hopes that the film will be submitted for foreign Oscar consideration.

This article is related to: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Cannes, Adopt Films , Distribution, Oscars, Awards, Awards, Foreign, Best Foreign-Language Film


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.