Adopt Films Picks Up U.S. Rights for Palme d'Or Winner 'Winter Sleep'

"Winter Sleep"

The distributor is planning a year-end 2014 rollout for Nuri Bilge Ceylan's drama, which stars Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sozen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan, Serhat Mustafa Kilic and Nejat İsler.

Adopt Films has taken all U.S. rights to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep.

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The film details the struggles of a former actor, now a newspaper columnist and the owner-proprietor of a mountaintop hotel; his much younger wife, an activist; and his sister, who becomes his verbal sparring partner and confidante. A seemingly insignificant incident involving the young son of a former hotel employee casts an ominous shadow over the failing marriage of the hotel owner and engenders intense debates over the huge divide between the rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless.

Co-written by Ceylan and his longtime writing partner, wife Ebru Ceylan, the film stars Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sozen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan, Serhat Mustafa Kilic, and Nejat İsler.

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It was produced by Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan.

Adopt Films president Tim Grady and its executive vp, marketing and distribution Jeff Lipsky negotiated the deal with Memento Films International head of international sales and acquisitions Tanja Meissner.

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Adopt plans a year-end 2014 U.S. rollout for Winter Sleep.  

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