Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival11th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 22 - April 28, 2012


Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

New England Premiere

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia - Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Winner of 2011 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize




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...    


WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012, 4:20 pm
Alfond Auditorium
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012, 7:00 pm
Alfond Auditorium
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012, 7 pm
Alfond Auditorium
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012, 11 am
Alfond Auditorium
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012, 4:20 pm
Remis Auditorium

at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue

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Co-presented with the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Written by
Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis, Ercan Kesal

2011 / 157 min. / with English subtitles

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Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Followed by Festival Opening Reception

Friday, March 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


  • Cannes Film Festival, France (2011): Grand Jury Prize
  • Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic (2011):  NETPAC Award
  • Haifa Film Festival, Israel (2011): Best Film (Golden Anchor)
  • São Paulo Film Festival, Brazil (2011): Grand Prize of Critics
  • Cinemanila, Philippines (2011):  Best Director
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia (2011): Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Cinematography
  • Dubai Film Festival, UAE (2011): Special Jury Award, Best Cinematography
  • SIYAD Turkish Critics’ Awards (2012): Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actor (Ercan Kesal)


Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul in 1959. He graduated from Bosphorus University with a degree in Engineering. He started to develop an interest in photography at the age of 15 and he started to be involved in filmmaking when he was 22 years old. After graduating from Bosphorus University, he studied filmmaking for two years in Mimar Sinan University. Ceylan made his cinema debut with a low-budget but a high-impact short film, Cocoon (Koza, 1995), officially selected for the 48th Cannes International Film Festival. His first feature film, The Small Town (Kasaba, 1997) brought him 18 international awards, including Caligari Prize at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival. Clouds of May (Mayıs Sıkıntısı, 1999) had its world premiere in the 50th Berlin Film Festival in 2000 and won awards at many international competitions. Ceylan’s Distant (Uzak, 2003) was named as one of the best films of the decade by the Guardian. Distant also received the Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor Award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Success of these films were followed by Climates (İklimler, 2006), winning the FIPRESCI Movie Critics’ Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and received international praise by critics and experts. While Three Monkeys (Üç Maymun, 2008) brought Ceylan the Best Director Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da, 2011) .

Compared to Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Bresson and Alan Resnais, Nuri Bilge Ceylan is described as a true auteur. The first North America retrospective of the Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan was presented by the Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2004.



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