8/10 (IMDB)

About Dry Grasses

3h 17m Drama
About Dry Grasses
About Dry Grasses


A young teacher hopes to be appointed to Istanbul after mandatory duty at a small village. After long time waiting he loses all hope of escaping from this gloomy life. However, his colleague Nuray helps him to regain a perspective.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Deniz Celiloglu, Merve Dizdar, Musab Ekici


Not Rated




Turkey, France, Germany, Sweden



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  • "ABOUT DRY GRASSES is part-Chekovian comedy of yearning and male ego, and part-tragedy of a country which stymies the growth of its own citizens."
    - CineVue
  • "ABOUT DRY GRASSES is a ravishingly cinematic piece of work that seems designed to spark animated, if not acrimonious, debate."
    - Screen Daily
  • "This is Ceylan at his most limber and mischievous, the filmmaking exhibiting a generosity and curiosity that belies the script’s defense of individualist, even isolationist, living, at whatever cost to one’s own happiness."
    - Variety
  • "Above all, the film captures how easy it is to deposit too much hope on the few who represent dissent, or freedom, when one is trapped."
    - Slant Magazine
  • "ABOUT DRY GRASSES is among the most brilliantly off-putting works to be featured at Cannes in recent years, with so rotten a core that every hint of virtue or even normalcy in the camera’s peripheral vision becomes a tragedy unto itself, simply by way of being ignored."
    - IndieWire


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Lumiere Awards


  • Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Helsinki Int'l Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
  • Singapore Int'l Film Fetival
  • São Paulo Int'l Film Festival
  • Vermont Int'l Film Festival
  • Montclair Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Parool Film Festival
  • and more...