Film Details

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Jury Grand Prize

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Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina


Zeynep Özbatur Atakan


Mirsad Purivatra, Eda Arıkan, İbrahim Şahin, Müge Kolat, Murat Akdilek and Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new and different” will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads…

As they drive through the Anatolian countryside looking for the body of a dead man, a policeman, a prosecutor and the two men who have confessed to the killing talk and joke with each other, gradually revealing the strands of a much greater mystery.


Once upon a time in Anatolia Trailer

Jury Comments – Cameron Bailey

A masterful film. At once a satire on procedure, a reflection on crime and punishment and an anatomy of how power flows between men and between social classes, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia shows the range of Ceylan’s filmmaking skill and the depth of his human understanding. It’s a film I could watch over and over.

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