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Palme d’Or Winning Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan visits Minneapolis

Acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan visited the Walker earlier this month to introduce his Palme d’Or Winning film Winter Sleep to a sold out theater. He was accompanied by his friend and actor, Mehmet Eryilmaz. Ceylan’s film takes place in the otherworldly landscape of Anatolia at a hotel run by a former actor, his […]

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Actor Mehmet Eryilmaz and director Nuri Bilge Ceylan during their November 2014 visit to the Walker.

Acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan visited the Walker earlier this month to introduce his Palme d’Or Winning film Winter Sleep to a sold out theater. He was accompanied by his friend and actor, Mehmet Eryilmaz. Ceylan’s film takes place in the otherworldly landscape of Anatolia at a hotel run by a former actor, his younger wife, and his distraught sister. The expansive, three hour long feature film questions the importance of family, love, charity, and forgiveness.  The film kicked off a retrospective that included screenings of Climates, Distant, and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Ceylan’s career as a filmmaker grew out of a passion for photography. During his trip to Minneapolis, he made an excursion around the city to take photographs of the Mississippi River. Accompanied by Minneapolis artist David Goldes and Eryilmaz, the director visited the Stone Arch Bridge, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and Goldes’ photography studio.

Ceyland with Senior Curator Sheryl Mousley in the Cargill Lobby of the Walker Art Center

Ceylan with Senior Curator Sheryl Mousley in the Walker Art Center

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Ceylan in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

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Photographer David Goldes with Ceylan at the Mississippi River.

The artists’ portrait (top) was taken by Gene Pittman in the Walker studio. All other photos were taken by Mehmet Eryilmaz.

Fellini’s Stairwell

Walker development associate Masami Kawazato spotted this guerrilla sign posted by an anonymous Walker staffer in a back stairwell. “For me that 8 ½ level is the fake-out level,” emails Masami, whose office is in the top floor of the Walker’s Barnes building. “At 8 I get really excited I’m almost to the office after […]

Walker development associate Masami Kawazato spotted this guerrilla sign posted by an anonymous Walker staffer in a back stairwell. “For me that 8 ½ level is the fake-out level,” emails Masami, whose office is in the top floor of the Walker’s Barnes building. “At 8 I get really excited I’m almost to the office after trudging up those steps, and it’s like 8.5 is the teaser before you finally get to 9. Mostly I wanna know who did it!”

Summer Music and Movies in Pictures

I couldn’t resist sharing some of the incredible pictures shot by Walker staff pohotographer Cameron Wittig at last Monday’s Music and Movies in the Park.  Come out next Monday for Roma di Luna and Hud. Click on the thumbnail below to see a full-size image.

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I couldn’t resist sharing some of the incredible pictures shot by Walker staff pohotographer Cameron Wittig at last Monday’s Music and Movies in the Park.  Come out next Monday for Roma di Luna and Hud. Click on the thumbnail below to see a full-size image.

Photo: Ramin Bahrani at the Walker

We had a incredible couple days with Ramin Bahrani here at the Walker and managed to have a quick snapshot taken outside our Cinema. Thanks to all that were able to come out to the screenings and partake in the Master Class on Friday afternoon.

Walker Film Curator Sheryl Mousley, Ramin Bahrani, and Associate Film Curator Deant Otto

l-r: Walker Film Curator Sheryl Mousley, Ramin Bahrani, and Associate Film Curator Dean Otto

We had a incredible couple days with Ramin Bahrani here at the Walker and managed to have a quick snapshot taken outside our Cinema. Thanks to all that were able to come out to the screenings and partake in the Master Class on Friday afternoon.