Once upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da
Feature Film | Drama | Turkey/Bosnia and Herz | Turkish | 2h30m
Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Scr: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Kesal | Ph: Gökhan Tiryaki | Prod: Zeynep Özbatur | Ed: Bora Göksingöl & Nuri Bilge Ceylan | PD: Dilek Yapkuöz Ayaztuna | Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis, Ercan Kesal, Erol Eraslan, Uğur Arslanoğlu, Murat Kılıç, Şafak Karali, Emre Şen, Burhan Yildiz

Several police officers, accompanied by a public prosecutor, a doctor, and a couple of diggers, set off, under the direction of a pair of confessed killers, into the night-shrouded Anatolian steppes in search of a recently buried body, in Ceylan’s haunting, humanity-drenched police procedural drama. The performances from the entire cast are of a remarkably high standard – with the turns of Uzuner and Birsel proving particularly nuanced and affecting – and, for once, actually manage to just about outshine the Turkish director’s typical formal elegance. As a result, then, this is perhaps his most moving film to date.