Once upon a Time in Anatolia
The Small Town
Inspired by Dostoevsky, Ibsen, and Chekhov, Ceylan’s slow-burning masterpiece of fear and self-loathing among a well-off family in breathtakingly beautiful Cappadocia won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
A conniving politician hits and kills a pedestrian, then bribes his chauffeur to take the fall, in this “psychologically suspenseful, spare, and contemplative neo-noir” (LA Times) that won Ceylan Best Director at Cannes.
Winner of the Cannes Grand Jury Prize
Introduced by Deniz Göktürk
A lonely photographer haunts the windswept streets of Istanbul, until the arrival of a small-town cousin interrupts—or compounds—his solitude.
A police procedural unspools across the Turkish steppes in Ceylan’s Cannes Grand Prix winner. “Both beautiful and beautifully observed, with a delicate touch and flashes of humor and horror” (NY Times).
Ceylan’s second film—in some ways a “making of” his first—tells the story of a filmmaker who returns to the village of his childhood to scout locations for a new project.
The insecurities of the modern male get a fitting dissection in Ceylan’s study of a disintegrating relationship between a self-centered academic and a television producer. “Subtle, substantial, and sublimely beautiful” (Time Out London).
Ceylan’s feature debut is a wistful look at village life and the structures that bind communities and family together, based on an autobiographical story by the director’s sister. With short Cocoon.