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

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by Jacob Combs
June 23, 2014 11:59 AM
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'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.

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