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Courtesy of The Cinema Guild

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Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylon

2011, in Turkish with English subtitles

Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina

150 minutes



Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

The new film from leading Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Distant; Climates) follows a group of men—including a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, and a murder suspect—as they drive through the dark Anatolian countryside. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, cannot remember where he buried the body. As night wears on, details about the murder emerge and the investigators’ own secrets come to light. In the Anatolian steppes, nothing is what it seems; and when the body is found, that's when the real questions begin.

“Like a game of chess, the grand design of this subtle and disturbing film comes increasingly into focus as events progress.” —Piers Handling, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)