Sunday, 6 January 2013

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (film)

Eastbourne Film Society have two screenings in February, the first of which is a Turkish film, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da). Almost universally acclaimed by critics as a masterpiece, the 2011 film was directed, jointly filmed and jointly written by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. A long, challenging work, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia lasts over two and a half hours and, despite having the premise of a twenty-four hour murder hunt, is a slow burn, primarily concerned with the gradually developing relationships of its characters. Do not go along expecting an action film!

Over the course of a night, a group of men drive around a small town in search of the body of a murder victim. They are guided by Kenan (Firat Tanis), one of the suspects, but Kenan was drunk at the time and cannot remember where he buried his victim. As they travel, the men discuss many things: food, family, work, ethics, philosophy. Secrets are divulged and old mysteries revisited. At dawn the body is discovered and taken for autopsy. His wife and son wait outside the hospital to retrieve his belongings before walking away.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 6th Feb, times TBC.
Tickets £6.50, concessions £4.50. Available by calling 01323 731441 (3pm to 7pm) or in person at the Box Office.

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