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Three Monkeys

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Űç maymun
Turkey, France, Italy 2008 / 109’

A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth… In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth, not to see, hear or talk about it. But does playing "Three Monkeys" invalidate the truth of its existence?

Cannes IFF 2008


Since the beginning of my early youth, what most intrigued, perplexed and at the same time scared me, has been the realization of that unprecedented wide scope of what goes on in the human psyche. It has always astonished me to see in the human soul the coexistence of the power to rule and the potential to forgive, the interest in the most holy and that of the lowest banality, and love and hate. For this reason, dealing with the qualities of our inner world which cannot be formulated rationally and trying to comprehend it, has always been the foremost reason for me in making films.
The film aims to present that kind of emotional and psychological event evolving between four main characters.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1959. After graduating from Engineering Department of Bosphorus University, Istanbul, he studied Film Making for two years at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul.


1995 Koza / Cocoon

1997 Kasaba / The Small Town

1999 Chmury w maju / Nuages De Mai / Clouds Of May

2003 Uzak / Distant

2006 Klimaty / Les Climats / Climates

2008 Trzy małpy / Üç maymun / Three monkeys

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