Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, a classic detective/black comedy mashup by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Three Monkeys) paints a poetic portrait of the Anatolia region in Turkey.
It is night and a group of men are looking for a dead man in the steppes of Anatolia. Among them are prosecutor Nusret, police chief Naci and doctor Cemal. Additionally, they have a prisoner in tow named Kenan who must lead them to his murder victim. However, Kenan has no idea where the body can be found and the party goes on and on through the deserted Turkish countryside. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia pictures a vivid portrait of a rural community which is contrasted against the urban perspective of the search party members. It is the story of a murder investigation, how it gets under your skin and won’t let you go. With his unique style, highly analytical mind and, last but not least, classic sense of humor Ceylan has once again managed to reaffirm his reputation as a renowned director. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia won the prestigious Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.