30.09. - 09.10.2021

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011 | 157 min | OV | Colour | FF 2011

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

NURI BILGE CEYLAN (*1959) is one of contemporary Turkish cinema's most important figures. His epic Winter Sleep, which was also shown at Filmfest Hamburg, won the Golden Palm in 2014. The Wild Pear Tree also ran in competition at Cannes.

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In this long, slow, hypnotic film about a bunch of men looking for a body in the endless eerie Anatolian landscape, Turkey's star director Nuri Bilge Ceylan explores the human condition through side glances and offhand remarks, caring very little about time, especially the viewer’s time, in eventless sequences without conventional action. At the same time, for those willing to take the plunge, it is a deep and haunting work that lingers in the memory.

This event is proudly presented in cooperation with Freundeskreis Filmfest Hamburg e.V.

Original title: Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Turkish
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Screenplay: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan, Ercan Kesal
Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Fırat Tanış, Ercan Kesal
Producer: Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, Mirsad Purivatra, Eda Arikan, Ibrahim Sahin, Müge Kolat, Murat Akdi
Director of Photography: Gökhan Tiryaki
Production Design:
Editor: Bora Gökşingöl, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor:
World Sales: Zeynofilm | Cihangir Caddesi Derya Palas apt. 34/' Beyoglu-Cihangir | 34433 Istanbul | Turkey | Email:
Production: Zeyno Film; Prod2006; Turkish Radio & Television (TRT); Ýmaj; Fida Film; NBC Fil


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