Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia  {Bir Zamanlar Anadoulu’da}
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Bir Zamanlar Anadoulu’da
Turkey, 2011, 157 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Bosnis-Herzegovina
Topics: Crime, Cult, Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Turkish English Sub-Titles

Neither a fairytale, nor a Leonesque shoot-em-up, the latest from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Three Monkeys; Climates) is a somber, melancholy comedy about mortality, as well as a subtle, poignant murder mystery. It’s easily one of the outstanding films of the year. Set in a desolate, impoverished region of Anatolia, the bulk of the movie follows a series of winding country roads, as a prosecutor, a couple of policemen, a coroner, and some soldiers escort a self-confessed murder suspect and his mentally-disabled accomplice in search of the place where they buried the body. The murderer remembers a well, a tree, and some fields¬–but he was drunk and has only the vaguest sense of where they might have been. The description leads the party first to one spot, then another, but night is falling and so is morale. If Samuel Beckett had written a crime movie, it might have come out like this. Ceylan plays with our expectations and sometimes teases our patience, but make no mistake, this masterpiece repays close attention. Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Producer: Zeynep Özbatur Atakan
Editor: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Bora Goksingol
Screenwriter: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan, Ercan Kesal
Cinematographer: Gokhan Tiryaki
Principal Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis, Ercan Kesal
Filmography: Three Monkeys (2008), Climates (2006), Distant (2002), Clouds of May (1999)
Print Source: The Cinema Guild - www.cinemaguild.com

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