As discussions for “questionable choices in cast” ensue, the agenda was busy with the cast which had little space on the red carpet for being crowded and some actresses remaining in the background. Beyond all this, the film made its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival’s main contest and deemed the “masterpiece of Cannes” by publications such as the Guardian, ScreenDaily and Variety.
Only days before the release of The Wild Pear Tree starring Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar, Akın Aksu, Ercüment Balakoğlu, Hazar Ergüçlü, Öner Erkan, Özey Fecht, Serkan Keskin, Asena Keskinci, Tamer Levent and Ahmet Rıfat Sungar, we compiled what you need to know about the film.
Unlike his other films, Nuri Bilge Ceylan used a moving camera and drone in The Wild Pear Tree. This cinematography is hailed as an innovation in Ceylan’s filmmaking.
The film’s musical score is the orchestral version of “Passacaglia” composed for piano by Johann Sebastian Bach and performed by Leopold Stokowski.
When writing the script, he finds the idea to focus on the child rather than the father.
Though the film is inspired the real incidents from scriptwriter Akın Aksu’s own life, he was never asked to what extent this 80-page script written in nine months was real or fiction. No one has the answer to this question. For the director, the text is what matters.
Akın Aksu’s 80-page script seemed so candid and realistic to Nuri Bilge Ceylan that he paused all other projects and took an interest in this script.
The Wild Pear Tree is Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ninth movie after Cocoon (1995), The Small Town (1997), Clouds of May (1999), Distant (2002), Climates (2006), Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (2011) and Winter Sleep (2014).
Ahmet Rıfat Şungar previously worked with Nuri Bilge Ceylan in Three Monkeys.
The management of Cannes Film Festival asked Nuri Bilge Ceylan to decrease the duration of the film but Ceylan refused.