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NZFF: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

NZFF: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

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  • Thu 25 Aug ’11, 1:15pm
  • Sat 27 Aug ’11, 1:15pm


Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch


All Ages

Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) 2011

Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival 2011

Moving literally from darkness into light, this latest Cannes winner from four-time Cannes laureate Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak, NZIFF03) should engross and reward all who submit to its placid pace and steady accumulation of vivid detail. — BG

“Both beautiful and beautifully observed, with a delicate touch and flashes of humor and horror, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is an ambitious, leisurely inquiry into a specific world – the haunting land of its title – that transcends borders. Touching on life, death and everything in between in 150 minutes, this metaphysical road movie follows a police investigation that, when the story opens, has led its characters into near dark. In time, the light creeps in as one mystery is solved while another remains open… First, though, a group of men – including a local investigator, his subordinate, a prosecutor, a doctor and an accused murderer – will drive around the countryside looking for a buried corpse that, for much of the movie, remains undiscovered if not always unseen. If that makes Once Upon a Time in Anatolia sound like a ghost story, it is, though what haunts this handful of men is less the dead than the lives… that have brought them to the long, undulating road that echoes the movie’s design.” — Manohla Dargis, NY Times

“A rumination on investigative storytelling told as if round a campfire. The drama is relayed from character to character – explosive veteran cop to terrified killer, troubled investigator and haunted doctor. Ceylan saves and delivers his jewel-like surprises with the precision of a Chekhov.” — Nick James, Sight & Sound

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