Once upon a Time in Anatolia

(Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da)

  • Introduction

    Chair of the Department of German at UC Berkeley and an authority on contemporary Turkish cinema

Both beautiful and beautifully observed, with a delicate touch and flashes of humor and horror.

Manohla Dargis, NY Times

Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan,

A richly detailed investigation into both a murder and the human condition, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia received the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Anatolia takes us under the dark of night into the vast Turkish landscape, where a routine police procedural unspools as a mystery. “Like a game of chess, the grand design of this subtle and disturbing film comes increasingly into focus as events progress. Things are not always as they appear to be, and in Kafka-like gestures, people, emotions and events are developed in different and deeper ways" (Piers Handling, TIFF).

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Ercan Kesal
  • Ebru Ceylan
  • Gökhan Tiryaki
  • Turkish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 157 mins
  • Cinema Guild