Once upon a Time in Anatolia

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Once upon a Time in Anatolia

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The search for a missing corpse allows director Nuri Bilge Ceylan to examine the widening fissures in Turkish society in this simmering study of corruption and incompetence. When two friends confess to murder in a remote southern town, a police chief (Yilmaz Erdogan) bundles them into a car and coerces a local doctor (Muhammet Uzuner) and prosecutor (Taner Birsel) into accompanying them on a nocturnal trek across inhospitable terrain to find the spot where the killers buried their victim. Ceylan deftly punctuates the seemingly innocuous chatter with damning details, and out of the conversation Birsel introduces a second mystery concerning a woman who predicted her own demise. The performances are as impeccable as Gokhan Tiryaki's cinematography, but it's Ceylan's mastery of composition and pacing that makes this so visually striking and dramatically compelling.


Two men in a Turkish village confess to a murder and join a group of officials, including a doctor, a police chief and a prosecutor, to look for the victim's body in the nearby wilderness. As the search grows longer and more complicated than expected, other mysteries are brought to light. Crime drama, starring Muhammet Uzuner and Yilmaz Erdogan. In Turkish.

Cast & Crew

Doctor Cemal Muhammet Uzuner
Commissioner Naci Yilmaz Erdogan
Prosecutor Nusret Taner Birsel
Arab Ali, driver Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan
Kenan, suspect Firat Tanis
Mukhtar Ercan Kesal
Yasar, victim Erol Erarslan
Tevfik, court driver Ugur Aslanoglu
Izzet, police officer Murat Kilic
Abidin, court clerk Safak Karali
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Other Information

Language: Turkish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: New Wave FilmsGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Mar 2012