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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) Poster

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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.
The movie premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it was a co-winner of the Grand Prix.
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The word Anatolia means East, originally referring to the Ionian colonies on the west coast of Asia Minor
Turkey's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.
The anecdote about the sudden death of a woman told by prosecutor Nusret and the doctor's deduction come from the short story The Examining Magistrate by Russian writer Anton Chekhov.
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