• The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree

a film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2018, 188 minutes



Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol), an aspiring writer, returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father (Murat Cemcir). As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is.

Following in the great tradition of family dramas like Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Wild Pear Tree weaves an evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility with inspired performances, sumptuous imagery and surprising bursts of humor. It’s one of Ceylan’s most personal works to date, a film as rich, layered and uncompromising as the novel its headstrong hero is working to publish.


"His funniest, most politically poignant work yet."
— Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

— Jay Weissberg, Variety

"Perceptive and profound."
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Press Materials

High-Res Stills and Poster
Press Kit
Press Release

Where to watch

Currently In Theaters


Mar 7-17: Time & Space Ltd. - Hudson, NY
Mar 8: Eckerd College Int'l Cinema Series - St. Petersburg, FL
Mar 8-14: Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
Mar 8-14: Belcourt Theatre - Nashville, TN
Mar 8-10: Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 12 & 14: Portland International Film Festival - Portland, OR
Mar 15-16: UCR Artsblock - Riverside, CA
Mar 15-17: Sonoma Film Institute - Rohnert Park, CA
Mar 15-16: UCR Artsblock - Riverside, CA
Mar 15-21: The Lark Theater - Larkspur, CA
Mar 26: UPenn Middle East Film Festival - Philadelphia, PA
Mar 29-31: Flint Institute of Arts - Flint, MI
Mar 29-Apr 4: Miami Beach Cinematheque - Miami Beach, FL
Mar 29-Apr 7: The Ryder - Bloomington, IN

Festivals & Awards

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival


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