Three Monkeys (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Three Monkeys (2008)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 7,292 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 3 October 2008 (Taiwan)
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Filming Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Gross: $41,343(USA)(19 July 2009)
  • Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Stars: Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan and Ahmet Rifat Sungar
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Money | Prison | Politics | Bosporus | Desperation

Writing Credits By:

  • Ebru Ceylan (screenplay) &
  • Ercan Kesal (screenplay) &
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Turkey’s 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director Award with this film in 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
  • ‘Yavuz Bingöl’, playing the main character Eyüp, is also a famous folk singer in Turkey.

Goofs: Continuity: Ismail's safety belt fastened on and off at consecutive cuts,while he is driving his father back from the prison.

Plot: A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to to get through their hardships. Full summary »  »

Story: Near the Bosporus, Eyüp and Hacer live in a modest flat with their son Ismail, in his twenties, who's doing poorly in his studies. Few words pass between them, and a past family tragedy brings sorrow daily. On a rainy night, Eyüp's boss Servet, a wealthy businessman who's entering politics, hits a pedestrian on a lonely road. He drives off and offers money to Eyüp if Eyüp will take the fall – probably a six-month sentence. Eyüp agrees, and while he's in prison, Ismail wants his mother to ask Servet for enough money to buy a car. Servet, in turn, desires Hacer. How can this play out?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Synopsis: Ceylan focuses his camera on four characters, a couple and their son plus the husband’s boss, showing how the family opts to stick together by playing blind, deaf and dumb to problems that should in all logic split them apart.

A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth… In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth, not to see, hear or talk about it. But does playing Three Monkeys invalidate the truth of its existence?

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Produced By:

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan known as co-producer
  • Valerio De Paolis known as co-producer
  • Cemal Noyan known as co-producer
  • Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan known as producer (as Zeynep Özbatur)
  • Fabienne Vonier known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Yavuz Bingol known as Eyüp (as Yavuz Bingöl)
  • Hatice Aslan known as Hacer
  • Ahmet Rifat Sungar known as Ismail
  • Ercan Kesal known as Servet
  • Cafer Köse known as Bayram
  • Gürkan Aydin known as Cocuk

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Gülcan Bayar Öge known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Izel Altintas known as art department
  • Narin Deniz Erkan known as art department
  • Baris Matur known as set
  • Samet Orhan known as set
  • Yilmaz Yildirim known as set

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Production Companies:

  • Zeynofilm
  • NBC Film
  • Pyramide Productions
  • BIM Distribuzione
  • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (with the participation of)
  • Conseil de l'Europe (with the support of)
  • Imaj Sound Post Production (in association with)
  • Imaj (in association with)
  • Ministry of Culture and Tourism (with the participation of)

Other Companies:

  • Cinéstéréo  optical sound transfer
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Eclair  laboratory
  • Fullset  set
  • Imaj  post-production facilities
  • Imaj  sound and mix studio
  • Imaj  steadicam
  • L.T.C.  optical sound development
  • Melodika  dubbing studio
  • Orion  lights
  • Sinefekt  film transfer
  • Sinefekt  laboratory
  • Zound  foley studio

Distributors:

  • Contact Film (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Imagine Films Distribution (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Imagine Films Distribution (2009) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • Imagine Films Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Mongrel Media (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Mozinet (2011) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Pyramide Distribution (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Zeitgeist Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Alliance (2008) (India) (all media)
  • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Arsenal (2008) (Germany) (all media)
  • Atalanta Filmes (2008) (Portugal) (all media)
  • BIM Distribuzione (2008) (Italy) (all media)
  • Cine Colombia (2008) (Colombia) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Fidalgo Films (2008) (Norway) (all media)
  • Filmcoopi Zürich (2008) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2009) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Imovision (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Maywin Media (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • MegaCom Film (MCF) (2008) (Yugoslavia) (all media)
  • Mirada Distribution (2011) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Mongrel Media (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Mongrel Media (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • New Wave Films (2008) (UK) (all media)
  • Orlando Films (2009) (Israel) (all media)
  • Suraya Filem (2008) (Indonesia) (all media)
  • Suraya Filem (2008) (Malaysia) (all media)
  • Suraya Filem (2008) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Suraya Filem (2008) (Vietnam) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Kuban Altan known as transfer supervisor
  • Murat Aydin known as avid operator
  • Omer Serif Bilsel known as inferno visual effects (as Ömer Serif Bilsel)
  • Yaman Derbent known as inferno visual effects
  • Okan Duzalan known as inferno visual effects (as Okan Düzalan)
  • Alp Enuysal known as inferno visual effects
  • Bora Göksingöl known as avid nitris visual effects
  • Bora Göksingöl known as inferno effects supervisor
  • Bora Göksingöl known as inferno visual effects
  • Michael Harrison known as inferno visual effects
  • Nuri Memis known as avid technical support
  • Tijen Pal known as inferno effects coordinator
  • Daniel Sanders known as inferno visual effects
  • Bulent Tanoba known as film transfer
  • Ozgur Taparli known as film transfer

Release Date:

  • France 16 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 6 July 2008 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • Canada 5 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Finland 19 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Taiwan 3 October 2008
  • Hong Kong 11 October 2008 (Hong Kong Asian Film Festival)
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Japan 21 October 2008 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Turkey 24 October 2008
  • Israel 13 November 2008
  • Greece 16 November 2008 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • Egypt 24 November 2008 (Cairo International Film Festival)
  • Norway 28 November 2008
  • Germany 30 November 2008 (Around the World in 14 Films Festival)
  • Greece 11 December 2008
  • Portugal 25 December 2008
  • Croatia 7 January 2009
  • France 14 January 2009
  • UK 13 February 2009
  • Italy 18 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 27 February 2009
  • Denmark 13 March 2009
  • Belgium 18 March 2009
  • Germany 19 March 2009
  • USA 2 April 2009 (Wisconsin Film Festival)
  • Turkey 15 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
  • Poland 24 April 2009
  • Turkey 24 April 2009 (Riverrun International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 30 April 2009
  • Canada 1 May 2009 (Montréal)
  • USA 1 May 2009 (New York City, New York)
  • Switzerland 7 May 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Russia 4 June 2009 (limited)
  • Russia 11 June 2009
  • Mexico 12 June 2009
  • Spain 19 June 2009
  • Sweden 18 September 2009
  • Canada 6 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 24 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Indonesia 5 December 2009 (Jakarta International Film Festival)
  • Argentina 27 January 2011
  • Hungary 10 February 2011

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