Nomination Details

Ceremony Year 2011

Nomination Detail

Winner, Jury Grand Prize, 2011

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.


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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