Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Apr 06 - Apr 12, 2012

(Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011, Turkey, Blu-ray, 150 min)

Seattle premiere!

The plot of this co-winner of the 2011 Cannes Grand Prix is simple: a group of men search for a corpse. But the story is not so straightforward. Set against the haunted and monotonous landscape of the Anatolian steppe, the task of finding the body is cloaked in lies, mystery and a growing unease. The film dips into both the road movie and police genres, but the investigation within the film is purely figurative, unearthing questions of human existence. 

"Nuri Bilge Ceylan has finally made his masterpiece...You have to watch the film. Its dark and unsettling images, its wicked wind and hellhound sounds, its complicated philosophizing about life and death will leave a permanent impression on your cinematic imagination."  —The Stranger

"Imagine one of those CSI shows written by Samuel Beckett." —Seattle Weekly

"a plangent, visually stunning meditation on what it is to be human." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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