About Dry Grasses

Turkish grandmaster Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak) dives into the psyche of a self-absorbed teacher in Anatolia hoping for a transfer to Istanbul. Merve Dizdar won the award for best actress at Cannes.

Please note that this film is in Turkish, with Dutch subtitles.
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Middle-aged Samet is a quick-witted and quick-to-anger elementary school art teacher in a traditional village in Eastern Turkey, who dreams of a posting in his native Istanbul. He shares lodging with his more attractive and likeable colleague Kenan and spends his nihilistic days developing an inappropriate fixation on fourteen-year-old teacher’s pet Sevim. After a love letter from Sevim is confiscated in a school-wide search, a complaint is leveled against him. Enter Nuray, a fellow teacher whose past political activism has rendered her disabled, allowing her to choose postings anywhere in the state – just the escape Samet needs. The only problem is that Nuray seems to favour Kenan over Samet.

With ABOUT DRY GRASSES, Ceylan proves once again to be a grand master in portraying people who are totally stuck in their lives. In this case because, like Samet, they cannot find a way out of an inhospitable environment, an unwanted job and a patriarchal society with rigid views on the relationships between men and women and between teachers and students. Meanwhile, we can enjoy Ceylan’s trademark impressive panoramic shots and intellectual conversations.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, 2023, 197 min. Turkish spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Deniz Celiloğlu, Merve Dizdar, Musab Ekici, Ece Bağci..