Cappadocia looks unlike any other place on earth. Located in the Anatolia region of central Turkey, bizarre volcano-shaped rock dwellings dominate the landscape. These dwellings were formed by volcanoes millions of years ago and now serve as hotels, so tourists visit every year (hot air balloon rides are a popular activity, followed by champagne). Among other things, Winter Sleep is about how a singular location can be tedious for its year-round residents. Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan films Cappadocia during the bitterly cold off-season, a time where locals have plenty of time to think and talk. He films dialogue like an eavesdropper, one with a sense of deep sympathy, which means his characters have unusual depth, even when they are infuriating.