Cannes Palm D’Or Winner “Winter Sleep” Shot with a Sony F65 in 4K

by on September 26, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 26th, 2014

Movie director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is far from a stranger to getting accolades at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2011 he won the Grand Prix at that year’s Cannes for his remarkable police thriller “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” and is widely regarded as one of Turkey’s most acclaimed and talented film directors. His movies have won numerous awards and have also achieved the distinction of captivating not only domestic Turkish audiences but also filmgoers worldwide, which is not always an easy achievement to reach.

In May of 2014, his most recent movie, the 3 hour drama “Winter Sleep” again impressed audiences in the festival circuit enough to win the top prize at Cannes, which was presented to the director by none other than Quentin Tarantino.

This is where things get interesting from a movie technology perspective. Tarantino himself is a devoted proponent of sticking to celluloid film and still refuses to embrace the latest technologies of digital acquisition.

And while celluloid is actually unbeatable in terms of sheer resolution capture, Ceylan, on the other hand, loves the latest in digital and for this reason, he filmed his Palm D’Or winning latest film using a 4K Sony F65 professional cinema camera.

4K cameras like the F65 are the closest digital video capture technology has yet come to reaching the same clarity that chemical celluloid film has had for decades but which couldn’t be shown on any projector or screen technology that has yet existed until now.

However, thanks to the power of these new 4K video shooters, digital technology is finally catching up and the beauty of that electronic shooting quality really shines in “Winter Sleep”.

The F65 in particular delivers 4K video to an astonishing degree of quality given that it is Sony’s most advanced camera of all and likely the finest on the market today. It also costs more than $100,000 if you include the full package of accessories.

Check out Ceylan discussing the process of filming his latest Cannes winning movie with the Sony F65 right here:

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