In the course of a long evening, a small caravan of cops and prosecutors combs the Anatolian steppes in search of a buried murder victim, led by suspects with only hazy recall of the alleged incident. As the night and the investigation wear on, more than just the details of the crime come to light. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's engrossing procedural stars Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Firat Tanis. 157 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Turkish DTS HD 5.1; Subtitles: English; "making of" documentary; featurettes; theatrical trailer. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is the new film from the celebrated director of Climates and Distant. In the dead of night, a group of men among them, a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect-drive through the Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't remember where he buried the body. As night wears on, details about the murder emerge and the investigators' own secrets come to light. In the Anatolian steppes nothing is what it seems; and when the body is found, the real questions begin.