Üç Maymun is an 2008 Turkish film directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Its international title is Three Monkeys. In September 2008, it was announced that the film was Turkey's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the 81st Academy Awards.
In the film, a family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth... In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth, not to see, hear or talk about it. But does playing three monkeys invalidate the truth of its existence?
The film was premiered in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival on May 16th, where Ceylan won, ten days later, the Award for Best Director. It also won the Golden Anchor Competition Award at the Haifa International Film Festival. The film won best special effects award at the Golden Orange Film Festival, as well as the Siyad award at the International Eurasia Film Festival. At the Osian's Cinefan Film Festival the film won the Best Director Award, and at the "Manaki Brothers" Film Camera Festival it won Mosfilm Award and Special Mention. Ceylan received the award for the best achievement in directing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.