ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (narrative)
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2011, 157 minutes
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Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is the new film from the celebrated director of Climates and Distant . In the dead of night, a group of men - among them, a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect - drive through the Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't 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, the real questions begin.
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Festivals & Awards*2011 Cannes Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Winner
*2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection
*2011 New York Film Festival, Official Selection
*2012 Middle East Studies Association Film Festival
ReviewsCritics' Pick! “A plangent, visually stunning meditation on what it is to be human… A metaphysical road movie about life, death and the limits of knowledge, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia has arrived just in time to cure the adult filmgoer blues. Nuri Bilge Ceylan…has emerged as one of the consistently most exciting directors on the international scene.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Beautiful and haunting." – Amy Taubin, Artforum
" Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a cop movie and a road movie -- but mostly it's gorgeous cinema.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
1/2 " A sobering reflection of on the realities of the human condition. Highly Recommended ." - Video Librarian
THE WILD PEAR TREE
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Tree follows in the great tradition of family dramas like Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and weaves an evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility with inspired performances, sumptuous imagery and surprising bursts of humor.