Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Production year 2011

Length 150min.

Country Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina


Life in a small town is akin to a journey in the steppes in a sense that one anticipates "something new and different" appearing behind the hill, but there are always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads...


Grand Prize of the Jury | Cannes IFF, France, 2011


Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan



Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan


Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director of Photography

Gokhan Tiryaki

Production designer

Dilek Yapkuoz Ayaztuna


Okan Selcuk, Mehmet Kılıcel


Bora Gokşingol, Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Fırat Tanış

Production company(ies)

company(-ies) Zeynofilm Production 2006, Turkish Radio & Television (TRT)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Born 1959, Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish photographer and film director. Ceylan learned photography at age 15, and developed an interest in film at 22. After graduating from Boğaziջi University with a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he went on with his studies on cinema for two years at Mimar Sinan University. Ceylan's first short film Cocoon was screened in the 1995 Cannes IFF. He received many awards with his debut feature Small Town. His third feature Distant also received many awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor Prize at Cannes, and was praised internationally. Ceylan makes films on an extremely low budget.


Cocoon (1995, short), Small Town (1998), Clouds of May (2000), Distant (2002), Climates (2006), Three Monkeys (2008), Once upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

FILMS 2011