Three Monkeys (2008)



Directer:Nuri Bilge Ceylan  Producer:Zeynep Özbatur 

Writter:Ebru Ceylan, Ercan Kesal, Nuri Bilge Ceylan  Cinematography:Gökhan Tiryaki   Editor:Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ayhan Ergürsel, Bora Göksingöl  Running time:109 min   Country:Turkey | France | Italy  Language:Turkish  Genre:Drama   Subtitle: English/
Yavuz Bingol ... Eyüp (as Yavuz Bingöl), Hatice Aslan ... Hacer,
Ahmet Rifat Sungar ... Ismail, Ercan Kesal ... Servet,

Cafer Köse ... Bayram, Gürkan Aydin ... Cocuk




ҧ:6 wins & 4 nominations

Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Asia Pacific Screen Award Achievement in Directing
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nominated Asia Pacific Screen Award Achievement in Cinematography
Gökhan Tiryaki
Best Film
Zeynep Özbatur
Fabienne Vonier
Valerio De Paolis
Cemal Noyan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Best Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nominated Palme d''Or Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cinefan - Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Asian and Arab Competition Award Best Director
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Haifa International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Golden Anchor Award Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Nominated Silver Ribbon Best Director - European Film (Regista del Miglior Film Europeo)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
RiverRun International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Won Jury Prize Best Actress
Hatice Aslan
Best Feature Film
Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Near the Bosporus, Eyüp and Hacer live in a modest flat with their son Ismail, in his twenties, who''s doing poorly in his studies. Few words pass between them, and a past family tragedy brings sorrow daily. On a rainy night, Eyüp''s boss Servet, a wealthy businessman who''s entering politics, hits a pedestrian on a lonely road. He drives off and offers money to Eyüp if Eyüp will take the fall - probably a six-month sentence. Eyüp agrees, and while he''s in prison, Ismail wants his mother to ask Servet for enough money to buy a car. Servet, in turn, desires Hacer. How can this play out?

User Reviews
Darwin, where art thou?
by Panos Paris (Glasgow)
Driving in the dark of night, in the middle of nowhere, a car takes a right turn and disappears. Descending. Not to death. Hell is one word for it. Another is role-playing. Another is the seer. The opposite of which, is the monkey. Three Monkeys is one of the greatest films of the year from a country that is not in its cinematic golden age, but which we ought to applaud for one of the greatest efforts of contemporary cinema. In a world wherein art has no place whatsoever, the world of the film, where death is as close as stupidity and narrow-mindedness, love forgotten and humanity reduced to means, this film attempts to rekindle a glimpse of hope for those who see it. But it is as fragile as the ghost of a child that haunts its inhabitants. A brilliant cast, almost flawless cinematography and a poetic direction reminiscent of the great works portraying Hell, this film welcomes a refreshing take on realism with surrealist brush-strokes that in my opinion could only benefit from one single element: a return of the gaze. Unfortunately, this film may be lost in the torrents of mainstream audiences. It is also to be respected then, for not making any effort, not pretending, and in my view, ultimately disregarding, any aspirations to popularity. This is fully in accord with the atmosphere of the film itself. And this, if anything, demands critical appraisal.




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