• The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree



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


January 2019

Jan 30: Film Forum - New York, NY

February 2019

Feb 8-14: Laemmle Royal - Los Angeles, CA
Feb 15: Parkway Theatre - Baltimore, MD
Feb 15: George Eastman Museum - Rochester, NY
Feb 17: Austin Film Society - Austin, TX
Feb 22-28: Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL
Feb 27: Cornell Cinema - Ithaca, NY

March 2019

Mar 8: Eckerd College Int'l Cinema Series - St. Petersburg, FL
Mar 8-14: Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
Mar 15-16: UCR Artsblock - Riverside, CA
Mar 15-17: Sonoma Film Institute - Rohnert Park, CA
Mar 29-31: Flint Institute of Arts - Flint, MI

April 2019

Apr 12-21: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Boston, MA


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