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10 - 16 October 2018: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia


Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2008 | 157 min | Colour | Digital
Turkish with English subtitles

"Ceylan captures the dark night of the soul, here encapsulated as a search through the countryside surrounding a small Anatolian village for a missing body. The killer has confessed, but was too drunk to remember where the murder took place; as the quest continues through the night, the local doctor and coroner, the police commissioner, and the lead prosecutor find their conversation circling back to a single significant topic: the notion that the sins of the parents are paid for by their children. Ceylan’s expressive use of landscape here achieves new heights, as he meticulously documents the haunting atmosphere that envelops the isolated town and its tortured inhabitants." – MOMA

Part of our season on Nuri Bilge Ceylan