37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

About Dry Grasses

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Official Oscar© Selection—Turkey
2023 Cannes Film Festival, Winner: Best Actress, Merve Dizdar

A bored, prideful art teacher living in a remote village in Anatolia, Samet is overwhelmed by his life’s monotony. He pines for a transfer to his native Istanbul, but that dream is shattered when a prized student seems to accuse him of misconduct. Wounded and despondent, Samet seeks respite in a burgeoning friendship with attractive teacher Nuray (a stunning performance by Merve Dizdar) from a nearby school.

The latest epic from celebrated Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) is a thrilling and engrossing narrative, which explores and exposes the gap between who we are, and who we wish we were.

Introduction by Samhita Sunya (VAFF).


“Part-Chekovian comedy of yearning and male ego, and part-tragedy of a country which stymies the growth of its own citizens.” CineVue, John Bleasdale



Wednesday, October 25


5:30 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Runtime: 197 mins

Year: 2023

Country: Turkey, France

Language: Turkish

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Deniz Celiloğlu, Merve Dizdar, Musab Ekici

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