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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) More at IMDbPro »Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (original title)

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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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Plot:
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
22 wins & 22 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Totally Unexpected Take on a Police Procedural See more (92 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)

Directed by
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ebru Ceylan 
Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
Ercan Kesal 

Produced by
Murat Akdilek .... co-producer
Eda Arikan .... co-producer
Nuri Bilge Ceylan .... co-producer
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
Bora Göksingöl 
 
Casting by
Nimet Atasoy 
Selim Ünel 
 
Production Design by
Çagri Erdogan 
 
Art Direction by
Dilek Yapkuöz Ayaztuna 
 
Costume Design by
Meral Efe 
 
Production Management
Onur Yildiz .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sahin Cetinkaya .... 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
Mehmet Kiliçel .... sound
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Thomas Robert .... sound editor
Agce Ulas .... sound 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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Runtime:
157 min | Germany:163 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ercan Kesal, playing the Mukhtar in the movie, is a medical doctor in his real life. His real life experience as a doctor in the Anatolian town where the movie was also shot had inspired the director and the scriptwriter, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, to make the movie.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 »

58 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Totally Unexpected Take on a Police Procedural, 17 December 2011
Author: tgreen-233-175311 from Canada

I think this is the best movie of 2011 so far. A very different, but brilliantly conceived three part police procedural that is really a character study of two men and how they each deal with the past. In many ways, I had a similar experience here to what I have when I read a really good novel. The characters are rich and complex, often funny, and thoroughly believable. Nothing is crammed down the audience's throat, yet there is so much detail and nuance that it becomes easy to see the two men for the basically good, complex people they are. This is a movie that respects the audience's intelligence. It is also a movie that is easily among the best shot and edited of the year. In fact, it is hard to think of a single thing that I would suggest to improve the film. I have seen other Ceylan films, but nothing of his has ever had the depth, nuance and humanity of this one.

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