Capturing Existence: the Films of Carlos Reygadas ACMI presents

The Small Town

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“Moral inquiry, wry comedy and sheer cinematic poetry”

Time Out

Over the course of four seasons, two children inch their way toward understanding the fringes of the adult world by both dealing with and dealing out its small cruelties.  Set in a tiny Anatolian village (the childhood home of director Nuri Bilge Ceylan), their family members recount stories of leaving the town and returning, juxtaposing reminders of the importance of family and community with greater existential concerns. 

Self-produced with a crew of two and based on a short story by his sister, The Small Town is Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s great triumph of personal filmmaking. 

Upon it’s release, the film was awarded the Caligari Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.