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Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $0Details
International Box Office $59,180Details
Worldwide Box Office $59,180
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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 is seems, and when the body is found, the real questions begin.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time International Box Office (Rank 9,601-9,700) 9,674 $59,180
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 16,301-16,400) 16,376 $59,180

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 4th, 2012 (Limited) by Cinema Guild, released as Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
International Releases: March 22nd, 2013 (Wide) (Spain)
Video Release: June 26th, 2012 by Cinema Guild Video, released as Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Running Time: 157 minutes
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Keywords: Corrupt Cops, Faulty Memory, Buried Alive
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Zeyno Film, Production2006 Sarajevo, 1000 Volt Post-Production, Turkish Radio TV Corp., Imaj, Fida Film, NBC Film
Production Countries: Turkey

Supporting Cast

Muhammet Uzuner    Doctor Cemal
Yilmaz Erdogan    Commissar Naci
Taner Birsel    Prosecutor Nusret
Tanis Firat    Suspect Kenan
Ercan Kesal    Mukhtar
Cansu Demirci    Muktar's Daughter
Erol Eraslan    Murder Victum Yasar
Ugur Arslanoglu    Courthouse Driver Tevfik
Murat Kilic    Police Officer Izzet
Safak Karali    Courthouse Clerk Abidin
Emre Sen    Sergeant Onder
Burhan Yildiz    Suspect Ramazan
Nihan Okutucu    Yasar's wife Gulnaz

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Production and Technical Credits

Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan    Producer
Mirsad Purivatra    Co-Producer
Ercan Kesal    Screenwriter
Eda Arikan    Co-Producer
Ebru Ceylan    Screenwriter
Ibrahim Sahin    Co-Producer
Nuri Bilge Ceylan    Screenwriter
Muge Kolat    Co-Producer
Murat Akdilek    Co-Producer
Nuri Bilge Ceylan    Co-Producer
Gokhan Tiryaki    Cinematographer
Bora Goksingol    Editor
Nuri Bilge Ceylan    Editor
Dilek Yapkuoz Ayaztuna    Art Director
Thomas Robert    Sound Editor

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for June 26th, 2012

June 25th, 2012

It's a good week on the home market, especially for this time of year. Not only do we have a first-run release that hit $100 million at the box office, 21 Jump Street, but we have an art house film that found massive success with moviegoers, critics, and even Awards Season voters, The Artist. There are also a couple of wide releases that should have some impact on the overall sales, Mirror Mirror and Wrath of the Titans, as well as some TV on DVD releases, limited releases, catalogue titles, etc. that are also of interest. As for Pick of the Week, The Artist on Blu-ray is the most obvious choice, but The 39 Steps on Blu-ray and Sound of Noise on DVD were also in the running. Finally, Phineas and Ferb: - The Perry Files arrived late, but it too is worthy of that honor. More...

Per Theater Chart: Iron Isn't Tarnished during Sophomore Stint

January 10th, 2012

The $10,000 club was again crowded this week and, as expected for this time of year, it was filled almost entirely by holdovers. Iron Lady remained the top film with an average of $35,275 in five theaters and it should start hitting major milestones very soon. Pina's average grew, again, reaching $27,676 in three theaters. Hopefully it will start expanding quickly, before its momentum fades. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close earned an average of $16,521 in six theaters. Its mixed reviews haven't taken too much of a toll, yet. A Separation doubled its theater count, but its per theater average remained relatively steady at $15,440. The overall box office leader, The Devil Inside, was next at $14,763. Finally, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia opened with $10,652 in one theater. More...

Limited Releases: Stuck in a Cold Norwegian Winter

January 6th, 2012

While it is a weak time of year for wide releases, it is a devastating time of year for limited releases. Not only is it too late to qualify for the Oscars, but art house theaters are crowded with films vying for awards. There is one exception to this rule, Foreign Language Films. (They have to be released in their native country during the year in question.) So it should come as no surprise the only film earning Oscar-worthy reviews is one such film, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. However, Norwegian Wood is actually earning a bit more buzz, even if the reviews are not quite as high as I would like.


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Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Spain 3/22/2013 $0 0 4 4 $59,180 12/14/2015
International Total$59,180 12/14/2015

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