Nuri Bilge Ceylan Included in Cannes Film Festival Lineup

2023-04-13 12:34:58

The 2023 program of the 76th Cannes Film Festival has been announced. Nuri Bilge Ceylan`s new film Kuru Otlar Üstün aka About Dry Grasses will compete in the main competition of the Cannes Film Festival, running 17-26 May 2023. The script of the film was written by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan and Akın Aksu. 

The film stars Deniz Celiloğlu, Merve Dizdar, and Musab Ekici. It follows Samet, a young teacher, who is finishing his fourth year of compulsory service in a remote village in Anatolia, while hoping to be assigned to Istanbul. When he and his colleague Kenan are accused of harassment by two female students, he loses all hope of escaping the grim life he seems to be stuck in. But his meeting with Nuray, herself a teacher, may help him overcome his angst.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d`Or with Winter Sleep in 2014, and his films Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Distant premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. 

With Killers of the Flower Moon and Indiana Jones’ fifth and supposedly final outing previously confirmed, both out of competition, new highlights in competition include Todd HaynesMay December, Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest, Alice Rohrwacher’s La chimera, and Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves. Additional selections include Víctor Erice’s long-awaiting return to filmmaking Cerrar los ojos, Steve McQueen’s documentary Occupied City, Takeshi Kitano’s Kubi, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Pictures of Ghosts, plus two films from both Wang Bing and Wim Wenders.

Official Selection 2023


  • About Dry Grasses, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Anatomy Of A Fall, Justine Triet
  • Asteroid City, Wes Anderson
  • Banel Et Adama, Ramata-Toulaye Sy
  • Club Zero, Jessica Hausner
  • Fallen Leaves, Aki Kaurismaki
  • Firebrand, Karim Aïnouz
  • Four Daughters, Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Il Sol Dell’Avvenire, Nanni Moretti
  • Jeunesse, Wang Bing
  • La Chimera, Alice Rohrwacher
  • La Passion De Dodin Bouffant, Tran Anh Hung
  • Last Summer, Catherine Breillat
  • May December, Todd Haynes
  • Monster, Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • The Old Oak, Ken Loach
  • Perfect Days, Wim Wenders
  • Rapito, Marco Bellocchio
  • The Zone Of Interest, Jonathan Glazer

Out Of Competition

  • Cobweb, Kim Jee-Woon
  • The Idol, Sam Levinson
  • Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, James Mangold
  • Jeanne du Barry, Maiwenn (opening film)
  • Killers Of The Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese

Midnight Screenings

  • Acide, Just Philippot
  • Kennedy, Anurag Kashyap
  • Omar La Fraise, Elias Belkeddar

Cannes Premiere

  • Bonnard, Pierre And Marthe, Martin Provost
  • Cerrar Los Ojos (Fermer Les Yeux), Victor Erice
  • Kubi, Takeshi Kitano
  • Le Temps D’aimer, Katell Quillévéré

Special Screenings

  • Le Bruit Du Temps, Anselm Kiefer, Wim Wenders
  • Man In Black, Wang Bing
  • Occupied City, Steve McQueen
  • Pictures Of Ghosts, Kleber Mendonça Filho

Un Certain Regard

  • The Breaking Ice, Anthony Chen
  • The Buriti Flower, João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora
  • The Delinquents, Rodrigo Moreno
  • Goodbye Julia, Mohamed Kordofani
  • Hopeless, Kim Chang-hoon
  • How To Have Sex, Molly Manning Walker
  • If Only I Could Hibernate, Zoljargal Purevdash
  • Le Regne Animal, Thomas Cailley (UCR opening film)
  • Les Meutes, Kamal Lazraq
  • The Mother Of All Lies, Asmae El Moudir
  • The New Boy, Warwick Thornton
  • Omen, Baloji Tshiani
  • Rien À Perdre, Delphine Deloget
  • Rosalie, Stephanie di Giusto
  • The Settlers, Felipe Gálvez
  • Simple Comme Sylvain, Monia Chokri
  • Terrestrial Verses, Ali Asgari, Alireza Khatami


S. Stanishikj 


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