Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkey 157 min Fiction


An epic and rigorous tale of a night and day in a murder investigation, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a beautifully photographed crime drama about police and prosecutors locating a buried body through one long night in the Anatolian steppes. In the short prologue three men are drinking and talking. Then a convoy of cars is travelling around the countryside at night as one of the men seen earlier is trying to remember where a body was buried. After several false leads and a rest in a remote village, the body is finally discovered early the next morning. In the course of the long investigation the characters and hidden thoughts of the main protagonists are gradually themselves exhumed.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan

His cinema, with a deep humanist essence, has become a faithful contemporary and extemporaneous portrait of his country, with capital titles that have the smell and weight of the great novels of the 20th century. Since his first short films, practically all of his filmography has been selected at Cannes, where he won the Palme d’Or with Winter Sleep and previously the awards for best direction, FIPRESCI and the Grand Prix of the Jury.

Filmography: About Dry Glasses (2023, D'A 2024), Making of the Wild Pear Tree (2019), The Wild Pear Tree (2018), A Long Cold Winter (2018), Winter Sleep (2014), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011, D'A 2012), Three Monkeys (2008), Climates (2006), Distant (2002), Clouds of May (1999), The Small Town (1997), Cocoon (short film, 1995)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Film information

Original Title: Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Script: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan y Ercan Kesal
Contact: Zeynofilm
With: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis
Country: Turkey
Year: 2011
Format: 35 mm
Length: 157 min
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: Spanish/English
Edition: 2012