Man was made to be happy for simple reasons and unhappy for even simpler ones - just as he is born for simple reasons and dies for even simpler ones... Isa and Bahar are two lonely figures dragged through the ever-changing climate of their inner selves in pursuit of a happiness that no longer belongs to them.


Bahar: Ebru Ceylan
Isa: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Serap: Nazan Kesal
Mehmet: Mehmet Eryilmaz
Arif: Arif Asci
Güven: Can Özbatur
Taxi driver: Ufuk Bayraktar
Isa's mother: Fatma Ceylan
Isa's father: M. Emin Ceylan


Written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Photography: Gökhan Tiryaki
Editing: Ayhan Ergürsel, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Sound: Ismail Karadas
Sound editing: Thomas Robert
Sound mixing: Olivier Dô Hùu
Producer: Zeynep Özbatur
Co-producers: Fabienne Vonier, Cemal Noyan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Line producers: Gülay Rosset, Laurent Champoussin

Production information

Produced by C.O. Production LTD (Turkey), Pyramide Productions (France), NBC Film (Turkey), IMAJ (Turkey)

Technical information

Turkey - France
Year of production : 2006
Length : 97 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2006 - Competition FIPRESCI Prize


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