Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) – New York Film Festival 2011


Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011
Country: Turkey | Turkish with English subtitles | Running time: 157m

Cast includes: Muhammet Uzuner (Doctor Cemal); Yilmaz Erdogan (Commissar Naci); Taner Birsel (Prosecutor Nusret); Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan (Driver Arab Ali); Firat Tanis (Suspect Kenan); Ercan Kesal (Mukhtar); Cansu Demirci (Mukhtar’s Daughter)

A storm is always approaching in Anatolia

We look into smeary window of a basement room onto three men eating, drinking raki and coca cola. A thunderstorm approaches.

A caravan of vehicles traverses the Anatolian countryside. A doctor, police chief, prosecutor, driver, and murder suspect ride together in search of a burial site. The night is not going well for any of them, until they meet an angel.

The stink of yogurt, lamb, corpses. There’s a reason for everything.

Anton Chekov – women can be ruthless. Melancholia – you’ve lost something but don’t know what you’ve lost.

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d’Or. It has also played at the Toronto International and Sarajevo Film Festivals.