Koza, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s esoteric first film, begins with a series of photographs showing a young married couple before cutting to two separate profile shots of the same man and woman, much older, in the present. These two individuals are Ceylan’s actual parents, and this appropriately intimate beginning sets into motion an oneiric, impressionistic and dialogue-free (although, he uses layered diagetic sound to grand effect) reflection on aging and the asperity of nature. The director’s work as an accomplished photographer shows here, as this is an uncommonly beautiful debut that works in creating an arcane array of visual symbolism that feels especially affecting in its short length. The cryptic nature of the piece—which also weaves a young boy exploring the woods into its fragmented story—is unmistakably the work of a natural filmmaker who is able to explore the depths of a deeply subjective experience with poetic and acute emotionality.