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distant adj
1 separated in space or time or coming from or going to a distance; "the distant past"; "distant villages"; "the sound of distant traffic"; "a distant sound"; "a distant telephone call" [ant: close]
2 far apart in relevance or relationship; "a distant cousin"; "a distant likeness" [ant: close]
3 remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers" [syn: aloof, upstage]
4 far distant in time; "distant events"; "the remote past or future"; "a civilization ten centuries removed from modern times" [syn: remote, removed]
5 far distant in space; "distant lands"; "remote stars"; "a remote outpost of civilization"; "a hideaway far removed from towns and cities" [syn: remote, removed]

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  1. far off
    We heard a distant rumbling but didn't pay any more attention to it.
    She was surprised to find that her fiancé was a distant relative of hers.


  • Crimean Tatar: avlaq
  • Czech: vzdálený
  • Dutch: ver
  • Esperanto: fora
  • Finnish: etäinen, syrjäinen, etä-, kauko-
  • German: distanziert, entfernt, fern, abstehend
  • Hebrew: מרוחק (merukhaq)
  • Japanese: 遠い
  • French: distant, lointain, éloigné
  • Swedish: avlägsen
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Uzak is a 2002 Turkish film directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. It was released as Distant in North America, a straight translation of its title.


Uzak tells the story of Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak), a young factory worker who loses his job and travels to Istanbul to stay with his relative Mahmut (Muzaffer Özdemir) while looking for a job. Mahmut is a wealthy and intellectual photographer, whereas Yusuf is illiterate, uneducated, and unsophisticated. The two do not get on well. Yusuf assumes that he will easily find work as a sailor, but there are no jobs, and he has no sense of direction or energy. Meanwhile, Mahmut, despite his wealth, is aimless too: his job, which consists of photographing tiles, is dull and inartistic, he can barely express emotions towards his ex-wife or his lover, and while he pretends to enjoy intellectual filmmakers like Andrei Tarkovsky, he switches channels to watch porn as soon as Yusuf leaves the room.
Mahmut attempts to bond with Yusuf and recapture his love of art by taking him on a drive to photograph the beautiful Turkish countryside, but the attempt is a failure on both counts. At the end of the film, Yusuf leaves without telling Mahmut, who is left to sit by the docks, watching the ships on his own.


  • Muzaffer Özdemir
  • Mehmet Emin Toprak
  • Zuhal Gencer
  • Nazan Kırılmış
  • Feridun Koç
  • Fatma Ceylan


Uzak won 17 awards and 2 nominations, including the Grand Prix and Prix d'interprétation masculine shared by two actors of the film at Cannes film festival in 2003.
distant in German: Uzak – Weit
distant in French: Uzak
distant in Italian: Uzak
distant in Turkish: Uzak (film, 2002)

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