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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 »
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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 & 23 nominations See more »
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One of those rare films See more (97 total) »

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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mehmet Saim Gücük ... Osman

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 Yurtseven  (as 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
Ulas Agce .... re-recording mixer
Erkan Altinok .... sound designer
Furkan Atli .... boom operator
Bulent Bengu .... boom operator
Mehmet Kiliçel .... sound
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Thomas Robert .... sound editor
 
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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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 word Anatolia means East, originally referring to the Ionian colonies on the west coast of Asia MinorSee more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Once the deceased body is discovered you can see the "corpse's" thumb briefly twitch.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Alli Turnam (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)See more »

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63 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
One of those rare films, 26 September 2011
Author: ozgun_genc from Turkey

I've just watched Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Very courageous naming after Sergio Leone's masterpieces. But definitely it deserves that.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan has always been one of my living cinema idols. I know many young people in Turkey inspired by his cinema, and wanted to make their own films. He has affected a whole generation of new filmmakers, both in and outside Turkey. Not because he won a Grand Prix in Cannes with his film Distant that he shot with 3-4 people of crew, but because we can actually feel the essence of cinema in his films.

I think these are enough to tell you about my admiration to him. But this film I've watched tonight was a true surprise for me. Its his best work so far, and was very pleasant to watch in spite of its long runtime.

To me, its one of the achievements in the world cinema in the last few years.

Unlike to his previous films, I see real mastery this time. He was not experimenting , not learning to direct, not trying to make a good movie out of nothing, but was exactly knowing what he does.

The acting was superb. All the leading actors had great performances. As a guy from Turkey I can say that every single moment was so much real.

All these tensions in real life situations and the subtle humor in the background. I think it has the true value of NBC's films.

For a film lover there there are some films in the world, always made by some exceptional directors, that shows you the true beauty of cinema. These are not average art-house films, nor anything you watch for having some good time. These films are more like some religious rituals or spiritual experience. Not because they are mystical or having some spiritual moments, but just because they respect cinema so much and make it a sacred art form.

This film was one of those rare films that reminds me why I love cinema that much..

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