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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

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With this expressively forensic and beautifully detailed police procedural, Nuri Bilge Ceylan fully emerged as one of the great contemporary filmmakers.

Although focusing on the search for a body in the vast and unforthcoming Anatolian landscape, the film touches profoundly on human nature, society, everyday life and the philosophical underpinnings of existence.

Its subtle and nuanced rhythm, taste for Socratic conversation, and exploration of landscape are reminiscent of Abbas Kiarostami, but Ceylan forges a uniquely literary and cinematic sensibility to be further explored in Winter Sleep and The Wild Pear Tree.

Preceded by COCOON Nuri Bilge Ceylan (1995) 20 mins – Unclassified 15+*