Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hamburg IFF | Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 
Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011 | 157 min | OV with english and german s.t. | Colour |

n this long, slow, hypnotic film about a bunch of men looking for a body in the endless eerie Anatolian landscape, Turkey's star director Nuri Bilge Ceylan explores the human condition through side glances and offhand remarks, caring very little about time, especially the viewer’s time, in eventless sequences without conventional action. At the same time, for those willing to take the plunge, it is a deep and haunting work that lingers in the memory.

This event is  presented in cooperation with Freundeskreis Filmfest Hamburg e.V.
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Screenplay: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Ebru Ceylan Ercan Kesal

Cast: Muhammet Uzuner Yılmaz Erdoğan Taner Birsel Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan Fırat Tanış Ercan Kesal

Producer: Zeynep Özbatur Atakan Mirsad Purivatra Eda Arikan Ibrahim Sahin Müge Kolat Murat Akdi

Orig. Titel: Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da
Section: Agenda 11
Original language: Turkish
Filmtype: Fiction Feature
DoP: Gökhan Tiryaki
Editor: Bora Gökşingöl, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Format: 35 mm
World Sales: Zeynofilm | Cihangir Caddesi Derya Palas apt. 34/' Beyoglu-Cihangir | 34433 Istanbul | Turkey | Email:
Production Company: Zeyno Film; Prod2006; Turkish Radio & Television (TRT); Imaj; Fida Film; NBC FilmWebsite:


Cleo Rogers said...

A 157-minute police procedural at once sensuous and cerebral, profane and metaphysical, "empty" and abundant, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is closer to the Antonioni of "L'Avventura," and it elevates the 52-year-old director to a new level of achievement.

Cleo Rogers (Seattle Limo)

Irene Jennings said...

You can't expect a slow burn drama to payoff spectacularly unless it burns slowly, and this is precisely what Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan orchestrates in this masterful murder-mystery.
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Micaella Lopez said...

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a film that stays on the mind days after the credits role. While quiet in tone it is rich in character and atmosphere.

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