Winter Sleep

Synopsis: Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Production: Adopt Films
  16 wins & 28 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
196 min

Good morning.

Had your breakfast?

Good morning. Yes, thanks.

I gathered some mushrooms.

Would you like some fried?

No, thanks. Really. I'm full.


Fine. Have a nice day.

By the way...

do you keep horses at this hotel?

No, no horses.

You don't?

I saw horses on your website.

True, there are lots of wild horses

around here.

I mean...

it's just to decorate the website.

I see.

Good morning, Mr Aydin.

- Where on earth were you?

- I'm here.

The client wants his breakfast,

and there's nobody here.

Where's Hidayet?

Here somewhere.

Shall I make your coffee, Mr Aydin?

Shall I make your coffee?

I gathered mushrooms.

Oh, where did you find them?

Is Nihal up yet?

Mrs Nihal got up early

and had breakfast already.

Is she in her room?

I don't know. I suppose so.

Is Necla up?

Mrs Necla hasn't come down yet.

I see.

Bring the coffee to my study.


- Will the dogs attack us?

- No, don't worry.



The horse I'll catch for you

is the toughest breed in Turkey.

Come on, we saw them for 600.

But how old are they?

Are their legs OK? Their tendons?

Any lung or heart problems?

You don't know anything.

You'll go and buy one, then be sorry.

You'll pay 500, then sell it for 300.

I'll catch you a young, sturdy one.

He'll be your friend for life.

Isn't that perfect?

- The colour?

- You can choose.

There's a choice.

Just let me check its hooves

to make sure it's sturdy.

Two years ago, I caught a horse.

I entered it in the Jockey Club

endurance race.

It won the 80km event.

The guys said it was

as small as a donkey.

"But donkeys lead camels",

I told them.

That's our Anatolian horses.

I finished 45 minutes

before the rest.

- 45 minutes!

- 27 horses started.

These are our ancestors' horses,

fine, hardy beasts.

So when can we do it?

When I have time

and the weather's fine.

This coming week?

If the mud dries.

I'll let you know.

Did the other one pay

after the warning?

No. Nothing.

The lawyer says we could evict him

in two months.


The law protects the tenants.

They don't know all that.

I don't think

they will even hire a lawyer.


I'm tempted to sell them all,

although they come from my father.

They think you're a bit soft.

That's why they behave like this.

Otherwise, there's no such thing

around here.

How dare they not pay rent?

Come on, Hidayet.

What else can I do?

What's so soft about me?

We go to court.

What else can we do?

Well, Mr Aydin,

there are actually

lots of things to do.


F***ing bastard!

Come here, you!

Get up, you!

Keep still or I'll slap you.

- What happened?

- I caught him.

I mean, why is he soaked?

He fell in the water.

He tried to jump the stream

and slipped.

- Any bruises?

- No. He just got wet.

So why throw the stone?

Soaked like that,

best get him home quick

before he catches cold.

I'll explain later, Mr Aydin.

All right.

Come on.

- I'll talk to them.

- All right.

Hamdi hodja!

You get inside.



- What's wrong?

- Nothing.

Your kid fell in the water.

We brought him back quick.

- Where, how?

- Near Issiz.

He slipped jumping the stream

and got wet.

What was he doing there?

He was hiding, waiting for our car.

He threw a stone

and broke our window.

We'd have crashed if I hadn't

managed to turn and brake.

- My son Ilyas?

- Yes.

- He broke your window with a stone?

- Yes. Go see for yourself.

How can such a little kid

break a window like that?

You know better than me, Ismail.

He's your son after all.

Stop bullshitting.

Say what you want.

Nothing to say.

The glass is there. You tell me.

It's no simple matter.

We nearly crashed, Ismail.

What do you expect?

Am I wrong?

Anyway, we'll pay for it.

Look, it's not just about the money.

Call the kid and ask him

what got into him.

We asked him already,

but he wouldn't say.

We nearly died out there,

because of a shitty little stone.

It's no joke, Ismail.


Come here!

Did you throw the stone, son?

Did you?


Did you throw that stone?

Go now.

There was no need for that.

Don't go over the top.

But it's not so simple.

That's why I'm telling you.


How's that? Happy?

Is that all right now?

Feel better?

A slap for a broken window.

Is that enough for you two?

Or should I call him back

for some more?

What's all this, Ismail?

What's happening?


The kid fell in the water.

We brought him back.

But we shouldn't have bothered.

Our Ilyas broke their car window.

- He broke their window?

- Yes.

So they're here to make us pay.

Did I say that?

Didn't I say we brought him home

so he wouldn't get sick?

Cut it out.

You took our fridge and TV

for a lousy rent. Isn't that enough?

Now you're hassling a kid?

- Stop showing off, Ismail.

- What did you say?

- Don't bullshit me, Ismail.

- What bullshit?

Ismail, don't piss me off.

What the f***?

- Whatever. Get lost.

- What the f*** did you say?

Stop bullshitting.

You come and hassle me at home.

Who the hell do you think you are?

I've no time for all this...

- Clear off, Hamdi. I'll f*** him up!

- Ismail!

Come here!

Come here, I'm telling you.

Don't make it any worse.

Ismail, I'm talking to you.

Let go.

I'll f*** him over right here.

Stop it!

I'll kill that f***er.

I'll f*** you up, son of a b*tch.

Come on, throw it, you f***er.

- Stop cursing, son of a b*tch!

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Ebru Ceylan

Ebru Ceylan (née Yapıcı, born 1976) is a Turkish photographer, actress, screenwriter and art director. She is married to collaborator Nuri Bilge Ceylan.Ebru Yapıcı was born in Ankara and studied film and television at Marmara University and Mimar Sinan University. The Ceylans starred together in the 2006 film Climates, which they also co-wrote, beginning a writing collaboration that would include Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) and the Palme d'Or-winning Winter Sleep (2014).Nuri Bilge described their writing relationship, which Ebru opted to end after Winter Sleep, saying "Since she is my wife she has the right to say anything. We fight a lot actually, sometimes till the morning, but it's very useful". For Winter Sleep, Ebru received a nomination for the European Film Award for Best Screenwriter. more…

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