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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia -- A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes with a suspect who claims he can’t remember where he buried the body. As night wears on, details about the murder begin to emerge and the investigators’ own hidden secrets come to light.


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23 September 2011 (Turkey) See more »
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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22 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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You will not be spoon fed, you will be on this journey as an inanimate object. So Observe See more (93 total) »


  (in credits order)

Muhammet Uzuner ... Doctor Cemal

Yilmaz Erdogan ... Commissar Naci
Taner Birsel ... Prosecutor Nusret
Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan ... Driver Arab Ali

Firat Tanis ... Suspect Kenan
Ercan Kesal ... Mukhtar
Erol Erarslan ... Murder Victim Yasar
Ugur Aslanoglu ... Courthouse Driver Tevfik
Murat Kiliç ... Police Officer Izzet
Safak Karali ... Courthouse Clerk Abidin
Emre Sen ... Sergeant Onder
Burhan Yildiz ... Suspect Ramazan / Zanli Ramazan
Nihan Okutucu ... Yasar's wife Gülnaz
Cansu Demirci ... Mukhtar's Daughter Cemile
Kubilay Tunçer ... Autopsy Technician Sakir
Salih Ünal ... Hospital Cook Hamit
Aziz Izzet Biçici ... Restaurant Owner Kazim
Celal Acaralp ... Pharmacist Saim

Emin Toprak ... Hamam Scrubber (as Mehmet Eren Topçak)
Ufuk Karaali ... Hospital Attendant Sitki
Fevzi Müftüoglu ... 1st Digger Hayrettin
Turgay Kürkçü ... 2nd Digger Ethem
Fatih Ereli ... Gülnaz's son Adem
Hüseyin Bekeç ... 1st Soldier
Mehmet Emin Öztürk ... 2nd Soldier (as Mehmet Öztürk)

Directed by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
Writing credits
Ercan Kesal  and
Ebru Ceylan  and
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 

Produced by
Murat Akdilek .... co-producer
Eda Arikan .... co-producer
Nuri Bilge Ceylan .... co-producer (as N.B. Ceylan)
Müge Kolat .... co-producer
Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan .... producer
Mirsad Purivatra .... co-producer
Ibrahim Sahin .... co-producer
Can Yilmaz .... producer
Cinematography by
Gökhan Tiryaki 
Film Editing by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
Bora Göksingöl 
Casting by
Nimet Atasoy 
Selim Ünel 
Production Design by
Çagri Erdogan 
Art Direction by
Dilek Yapkuöz Ayaztuna 
Costume Design by
Özlem Batur 
Meral Efe 
Nildag Kiliç 
Production Management
Onur Yildiz .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sükrü Apaydin .... third assistant director
Sahin Cetinkaya .... third assistant director
Ercan Kesal .... second assistant director
Özgür Sevimli .... first assistant director
Alkim Özmen .... second assistant director
Art Department
Lucien Yang .... movie poster designer
Sound Department
Erkan Altinok .... sound designer
Furkan Atli .... boom operator
Bulent Bengu .... boom operator
Mehmet Kiliçel .... sound
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Thomas Robert .... sound editor
Agce Ulas .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Murat Izzet Arslan .... post-production supervisor
Yves Delforge .... visual effects supervisor
Gökçecan Gürsoy .... visual effects artist
Daniel Sanders .... visual effects artist
Sertac Yuksel .... visual effects coordinator
Cem Karaman .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mehmet Engin .... second assistant camera
Emre Özel .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Murat Akbulut .... post production technical supervisor
Donovan Kosters .... dcp mastering
James Norman .... colorist (as James C. Norman)
Bora Suel .... assistant editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da" - Turkey (original title)
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157 min | Germany:163 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Turkey's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.See more »
Continuity: While Arab and the doctor chat during the investigation, doctor sits in the front seat of the car (with the car door open, facing the field). The next scene, we see the doctor from the back, facing the field while standing. After that, while Arab is eating apple, we see doctor sitting in the front seat again. As they keep talking, it cuts to wide angle shot where we see the doctor standing again.See more »
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Alli Turnam (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)See more »


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48 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
You will not be spoon fed, you will be on this journey as an inanimate object. So Observe, 6 August 2011
Author: Mert from Australia

I just watched this at the Melbourne Film Festival, I found it quite good. It terms of narrative it was quite a mysterious journey for the audience, the audience as the picture began were in the dark and begun discovery the means of the story non-overtly. This sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, But that of course applies to all forms of narrative may it be Barry Lyndon where you know the fate of Barry but are still enthralled with the story or a movie such as this, some of the audience (Many people left the theatre through the course of the film) can feel tedious with this approach accompanied with various long Tarkovsky-esque takes, however I think it was quite interesting, it's as if a camera just accompanied this search of the everyday case of a local Turkish law enforcement. I had some preconceptions about the film, I thought it was going to be quite stark and gloomy, in the likes of No Country For Old Men (Which is a brilliant film), however it proved to have a myriad of scenes with humour and it acted like a beacon of light for the sombre setting the movie is placed in. This movie had some amazing cinematography, great lighting of the night scenes, only lit by the headlights of the cars and some great shots really capturing the audience. I think the film lacked a score, if I were the director I would have put in a very ambiance oriented score like in Tarkovsky's Solaris, to really unsettle the viewer because it really would strengthen the ambiguity experienced by the characters and audience alike. This film was quite good, yes it is a slow burner, but I think the strangeness of the story and it's concealed nature manages to outweigh it's tediosity. 8/10 from me.

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