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May 20, 2014| Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek

May 16 - 25, 2014| 13th New York Turkish Film Festival

May 15, 2014| Young Photographers Award Open Call Application Deadline

May 2-3, 2014| Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)

April 1, 2014| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship

January 16 - March 1, 2014| Private Matters organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams

November 12-30, 2013 | 2013 Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul at The Elipsis Gallery

August 2, 2013 | 13th NYTFF Film Submission Deadline

July 27-28| "Oasis" Presented by NY2Dance at Ailey Citigroup Theater

May 2013| 2013 YPA Winner Announcement

March 21| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship Applications

November 30, 2012| Priene Hali Benefit Sale

August 26, 2012| Korhan Basaran performance at the Wild Project

June 27, 2012| 2012 SVA Open Studios

March 30-September 15, 2012| "Films About Conscience" Open Call

April 27-May 10, 2012| "The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey" at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

January 4-17, 2012| "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Film Forum 

January 4-15, 2012 | "Lick but Don't Swallow," by Ozen Yula

November 5-18, 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" Exhibition 

November 11, 2011|Kardes Turkuler Music Workshop

November 11, 2011| Asli Çavuşoğlu: Words Dash Against the Façade

November 13, 2011 Kardes Turkuler in Concert with Arto Tuncboyaciyan  feat. Special Guest Ara Dinkjian

October 15, 2011| Application Deadline for Call for Short Films: "Films about Conscience" Project

October 8, 2011|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at NYFF

July 13-16, 2011 | "For Rent," by Ozen Yula    

June 2011 | Summer Residency Program at SVA

May 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" winner announcement

April 11 | Summer Residency Program at SVA Application Deadline

March 25&27 | Public Screening of Majority (Cogunluk)

December 3-5, 10-12 | 12th New York Turkish Film Festival

October-November 2010 | Turkish Film Screenings in Ithaca (NY), Madison (MI), Milwaukee (MI) and Seattle (WA)

August 5, 2010 | Summer Residency Program: Open Studios & Exhibition



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"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at NYFF

Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da / Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
2011 | Turkey - Bosnia Herzegovina | 157 min
Turkish with English Subtitles

NYFF Main Slate | Sat, Oct 8, 5:30PM | Alice Tully Hall 

For further information click here

A Reception will follow at 9pm
The Walter Reade Theater, Furman Lounge - Plaza Level
(165 West 65 Street b/n Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)

 Special thanks to Turkish Kitchen for sponsoring the reception

Ceylan is a sly and daring screen artist of the highest order and should draw wild praise with this new film for challenging both himself and us, the audience, with this lengthy, rigorous and masterly portrait of a night and day in the life of a murder investigation on his country’s Anatolian steppes. Dave Calhoun for Time Out London

Cast & Credits

Featuring: Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Fırat Tanış, Ercan Kesal
Directed by:
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Written by: Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Produced by: Zeynep Özbatur Atakan
Co-Produced by: Mirsad Purivatra (Prod2006), Eda Arıkan (1000 volt), İbrahim Şahin (TRT), Müge Kolat (İmaj), Murat Akdilek (Fida Film), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (NBC Film)

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that "something new and different" will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads...

Festivals and Awards
2011   Vancouver International Film Festival2011   Toronto International Film Festival
2011   64th Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prix (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) and nominated for the    Palme d’Or
2011   Sarajevo Film Festivals

Select Reviews

New York Times, "Inquiry Into a Haunting Land Could Grab Palme d'Or", by Manohla Dargis
Variety, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia", by Justin Chang
Indiewire, "'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' is a Mesmerizing Police Procedural", by Eric Kohn

 About the Director


 Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul in 1959 and was brought up in the rural region of Antelonia. After initially studying engineering, he changed track and studied filmmaking at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. An accomplished photographer, he was first noticed for his 1995 short film Koza (The Cocoon), which was a Cannes Film Festival selection, later he shot his first full-length film, Kasaba (The Small Town), in 1997. The Small Town won the Special Prize of the Jury at the Nantes Film Festival, the Caligari Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Best Film and Best Cinematography Awards at Cologne Film Festival. Ceylan’s second feature film, Mayıs Sıkıntısı (Clouds of May) won 18 international awards including Best Film at Premiere Plans Film Festival, and the International Competition Section of the 19th International İstanbul Film Festival. Ceylan’s Uzak (Distant) won the Grand Prix and Best Actor Awards at Cannes Film Festival in 2003, and Uç Maymun (Three Monkeys) won the Best Dricetor prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2008.



1995     Koza  / The Cocoon (short)
1997     Kasaba / The Small Town
1999     Mayıs Sıkıntısı / Clouds of May
2002     Uzak / Distant
2006     İklimler / Climates
2008     Uç Maymun / Three Monkeys
2011     Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da / Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

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