Distant (2004)

Distant
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 50mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Muzaffer Ozdemir Actor Mahmut 1 1000001
Mehmet Emin Toprak Actor Yusuf 1 1000002
Zuhal Gencer Actor Nazan 1 1000003
Fatma Ceylan Actor Mother 1 1000004
Feridun Koc Actor Janitor 1 1000005
Ebru Ceylan Actor The Young Girl 1 1000006
Ercan Kesal Actor n/a 1 1000007
Nazan Kesal Actor Lover 1 1000008
Nuri Bilge Ceylan Director n/a 2 2000001
Nuri Bilge Ceylan Producer n/a 3 3000001
Nuri Bilge Ceylan Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Feridun Koc Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Nuri Bilge Ceylan Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Turksoy Golebeyi Assistant Camera Operator n/a 120849 6000002
Nuri Bilge Ceylan Editor n/a 172 7000001
Ayhan Ergursel Editor n/a 172 7000002
Ebru Ceylan Art Director n/a 183 9000001
Ismail Karadas Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Erkan Aktas Sound Mixer (Fono Film) 230 14000002
Synopsis
Mahmut is a relatively successful commercial photographer who has been struggling to come to terms with the growing gap between his artisitc ideals and his professional obligations. His tedious workload, coupled with the lingering loss he still feels for his ex-wife (newly married and on the verge of leaving Istanbul for Canada), leaves Mahmut clinging to the melancholic and obsessive routines of solitary life. Without warning, Mahmut's distant relative Yusuf arrives in Istanbul determined to find a job aboard a ship so that he may fulfill his dream of traveling around the world. In need of a place to stay as he searches for work, Yusuf imposes himself on Mahmut, who resents the sudden intrusion, but nonetheless feels obliged to help his family. It doesn't take long for Yusuf to discover that the the work he is looking for isn't available, but he manages to prolong his stay by formulating stories that would suggest otherwise. His hope waning, Yusuf resorts to spending his days drifting through the streets of Istanbul, slowly coming to the realization that without work he may soon need to return home. Mahmut tries to help by offering him a job as his assistant during a photography shoot, but the fix is temporary. As the two men struggle to make a connection, communication is slowly reduced to bare minimum, and their time together must come to an end.