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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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Release Date:
23 September 2011 (Turkey) See more »
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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 »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (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
Ozgur Yigit .... visual effects supervisor
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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Runtime:
157 min | Germany:163 min
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Trivia:
The movie premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it was a co-winner of the Grand Prix.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Once the deceased body is discovered you can see the "corpse's" thumb briefly twitch.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Balkan Spirit (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Alli Turnam (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)See more »

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48 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Something else, 16 January 2012
Author: Gabriella Luminelli from United States

This movie was something else. I don't know what to make out of it. It was amazing how such emotionally complicated and interwoven stories could be captured in cinema. I thought the story was somewhat similar to Fargo, but Nuri Bilge Ceylan certainly added his personal artistic spin on it.

There were so many unknowns. You keep on watching till the end waiting for the next big surprise. Was the dead man really the husband of the woman with the headscarf? What is in the doctor's past? Did the doctor have a traumatic childhood experience? Is the doctor going to marry the mayor's daughter? Who is the boy's real father?

The acting was superb. I loved how the chief police officer effortlessly switched between serious and trivial matters. The mayor was so real, I thought they brought the actual mayor from the village to play the part.

The cinematography was also masterful. The face of the killer was unforgettable. I thought the movie was too slow at times to get the message across, but overall watching it was a delightful experience. Well done.

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