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Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da ()


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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

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Doctor Cemal
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Commissar Naci
Taner Birsel ...
Prosecutor Nusret
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Driver Arab Ali
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Suspect Kenan
Ercan Kesal ...
Mukhtar
Erol Erarslan ...
Murder Victim Yasar
Ugur Aslanoglu ...
Courthouse Driver Tevfik
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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
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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)
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Mehmet Saim Gücük ...
Osman

Directed by

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Written by

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Ercan Kesal ... () and
Ebru Ceylan ... () and
Nuri Bilge Ceylan ... ()

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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

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Gökhan Tiryaki

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Bora Göksingöl

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Murat Akbulut ... post production technical supervisor
Donovan Kosters ... dcp mastering
James Norman ... colorist (as James C. Norman)
Bora Suel ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Nimet Atasoy
Selim Ünel

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Çagri Erdogan

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Dilek Yapkuöz Ayaztuna

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Özlem Batur
Meral Efe Yurtseven ... (as Meral Efe)
Nildag Kiliç

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Onur Yildiz ... assistant production manager

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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

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Lucien Yang ... movie poster designer

Sound Department

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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

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Murat Izzet Arslan ... post-production supervisor
Yves Delforge ... visual effects supervisor
Gökçecan Gürsoy ... visual effects artist
Daniel Sanders ... visual effects artist
Kemal Telci ... visual effects artist
Özgür Yigit ... visual effects supervisor (as Ozgur Yigit)
Sertac Yuksel ... visual effects coordinator
Cem Karaman ... visual effects artist (uncredited)

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Mehmet Engin ... second assistant camera
Emre Özel ... assistant camera

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is proving more difficult than expected as Kenan is fuzzy as to the body's exact location. As the group continues looking, its members can't help but chat among themselves about both trivia and their deepest concerns in an investigation that is proving more trying than any of them expected. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Also Known As
  • Bir Zamanlar Anadolu (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (World-wide, English title)
  • Il était une fois en Anatolie (France)
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Germany)
  • Es war einmal in Anatolien (Germany)
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  • 157 min
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Did You Know?

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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 Naci speaks to his wife on the mobile phone. When his wife hangs up angrily, a dial tone is heard. No dial tone is heard on mobile phones. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013). See more »
Soundtracks Alli Turnam (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da) See more »

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