Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey)


(Award given to the director)

DIRECTOR: Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Late one night, an array of men – a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, a murder suspect and others – pack themselves into three cars and drive through the endless Anatolian country side, searching for a body across serpentine roads and rolling hills. The suspect claims he was drunk and can’t quite remember where the body was buried; field after field, they dig but discover only dirt. As the night draws on, tensions escalate, and individual stories slowly emerge from the weary small talk of the men. Nothing here is simple, and when the body is found, the real questions begin.