Tuesday, May 4, 2004 Cannes prize-winner Distant(aka Uzak) probably isn't anything like Stranger Than Paradise, but the new movie's snowy cityscapes and alienated characters bring to mind Jim Jarmusch's 1984 picture. Plus, Turkish director, writer, and cinematographer Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film appears to be in the "somewhat existential family relationship upper/downer" genre. Distant's story concerns Istanbul photographer Mahmut, whose job is boring and who misses his ex-wife. He's lonesome, but when relative Yusuf arrives in the city without a job and needing a place to stay, it's more of a problem than a solace. The futility of the pair's situation is mitigated, critics say, by the movie's amazing cinematography and odd comic moments. Get closer at the Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is $4-8; call 863-1087 or visit www.roxie.com for show times.
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