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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA – Thu 22 November, 8pm

By January 12, 2011August 31st, 2015archive, Season 7 Films

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia   |  Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan  |  Turkey |  2011  |  157 mins  | Cert:CLUB

Starring: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Firat Tanis

Language: Turkish

The new film from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan offers a radically revisionist take on the police procedural. In the stark Turkish countryside, a murder has been committed and a man has confessed; all that remains is for him to lead the police to the body. As the killer and a police escort venture out into the night on their grisly mission, it eventually becomes clear that the confessed murderer cannot locate the resting place of his victim; yet as night passes into day and time stretches out, it becomes apparent that small clues are being planted, whether we realize it or not. A Kafkaesque mystery from one of the most acclaimed contemporary filmmakers, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia slowly reveals its grand design like a masterful game of chess. – Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Read The Guardian review.

Read The Washington Post review of  “this Turkish delight”.  ****