A teenage girl with snow in her dark hair looks sideways at the camera.

About About Dry Grasses

Set in a tight-knit community that seems to only experience two seasons, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest probes into power dynamics and the darkest regions of the human soul.

Middle-aged Samet (Deniz Celiloglu) is a quick-witted and quick-to-anger elementary school art teacher in a traditional village who dreams of a posting in his native Istanbul. He shares lodging with his colleague Kenan (Musab Ekici) and spends his nihilistic days developing an inappropriate fixation on 14-year-old teacher’s pet Sevim (Ece Bagci).

When a love note written by Sevim is confiscated in a school-wide search, Samet’s rotten-to-the-core fantasies grow and an investigation is launched. Enter Nuray (Merve Dizdar), a fellow teacher whose past political activism has rendered her disabled, allowing her to choose postings anywhere in the state — just the escape Samet needs.

About Dry Grasses is a film laden with longing. While Samet blurs the lines between what’s expected and acceptable, we are in the hands of a master filmmaker who captures the full picture in his lens, and whose observation of power dynamics leads us through a tale as old as time in a way that few would dare.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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