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Turkey submits 'Winter Sleep' for Oscar consideration

The announcement came from Turkish Culture Minister Omer Celik via his Twitter account. “I wish Nuri Bilge success and I hope that he will show the same success at the Oscars as he achieved great success in the international arena,” Celik said. The selection by Turkey still leaves a long road before the film can win the Oscar. Every country is invited to submit one film the to U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Those films are then evaluated by the Foreign Language Film Award Committee, which selects the five nominees for best foreign language film. The winner will be announced at the Academy Award ceremony in February 2015. "Winter Sleep," or "Kis Uykusu," which won the Palme d’Or for best film at Cannes, is set in modern-day Turkey. The 186-minute movie portrays the decaying relationship between an Anatolian hotel owner and his wife as his sister grapples with the aftermath of a divorce. Unlike the Academy Award for Best Picture, which goes to the winning film's producers, the Foreign Language Film Award is not given to individuals but to the submitting country.  Turkey's choice did not surprise film critic and writer Atilla Dorsay. “I believe Winter Sleep is Nuri Bilge’s the most original movie and also important for world cinema,” Dorsay said.  Ceylan’s 2011 movie, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," was also submitted by Turkey but was not chosen as one of the five nominees.   "Winter Sleep" is the director’s most popular film, having been seen by 237,00 people and taken in nearly $1.3 million at the box office in its first month. In May, Ceylan brought home the Palme d’Or for the second time in Turkish history. The earlier win was for Yilmaz Guney’s 1982 film, "Yol," or "The Road".

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