Oscars: Turkey Selects 'The Wild Pear Tree' for Foreign-Language Category

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
Still from 'The Wild Pear Tree'

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film, about a young writer's quest to find the means to publish his book, is the director's first submission to the Academy Awards.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's story of a young writer struggling to find the money necessary to publish a novel, The Wild Pear Tree, was announced Friday as Turkey's submission in the best foreign language category for the 91st Academy Awards next year.

The film, which had its world premiere in competition at Cannes this year, is the first Oscar submission for the director whose international acclaim includes a Palme d'Or for Winter Sleep in 2014, Cannes' best director prize for Three Monkeys in 2008 and a Grand Jury Prize for Distant in 2002.

Described in The Hollywood Reporter's Cannes review as "a slow, dense look at Turkey today" that eschewed Ceylan's habitual lyricism "for a more realistic approach [that] seems linked to the film's undercurrent of contemporary events," The Wild Pear Tree is an international co-production that counts ZeynoFilm, Memento Films and Sisters and Brother Mitevski among its producers.

Memento Films is handling international sales.