Noah Land (Nuh Tepesi)



Century Larkspur Sun, Oct 6, 2019 5:45 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Fri, Oct 11, 2019 5:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:109 min.
Director:Cenk Ertürk
Producer:Tuna Ertürk
Alp Ertürk
Cenk Ertürk
Screenwriter:Cenk Ertürk
Cinematographer:Federico Cesca
Editor:Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Cast:Ali Atay
Haluk Bilginer
Print Source:Cercamon
Note Writer:David Fear


A major prize winner at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the debut feature from writer-director Cenk Ertürk introduces a bold new voice in Turkish cinema. Ibrahim (Haluk Bilginer, Winter Sleep) is an elderly man traveling with his estranged son, Omer (Ali Atay, who won the Best Actor award at Tribeca), to the village of his youth in remote Turkey, where he hopes to be buried underneath a tree he planted in his youth. But unbeknownst to him, his simple tree became “The Noah Tree,” a holy site visited by villagers and pilgrims alike. When Ibrahim asserts that he planted the tree, his claim turns the town against him and his son and threatens to upend the village economy, turning the question of a dying man’s wish to be buried in his hometown into a profound moral drama about ethics, faith, and the corrosive nature of family feuding.

Additional Information

Cenk Erturk is a filmmaker with an excessive interest in duels and owls. He began developing Noah Land at New York University and finalized the screenplay at Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation Residence. Erturk is currently developing his second feature, which follows a couple navigating a self-destructive journey to form a "happy" family.