Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Unity College presents the 8th annual MIFF in the Morning film series!

MIFF in the Morning is a fund-raiser for the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) with six films screened on designated Saturday and Sunday mornings. Full Festival Pass (admission to all 6 films) $36; 4-Pass (admission to any 4 films of your choice) $28; Individual tickets are $8.00. For more information call 207-873-4021.

Here’s the line-up:

LE HAVRE  Jan. 7 & 8 at 10:00 a.m.

LOUDER THAN A BOMB  Jan. 21 & 22 at 10:00 a.m.

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Feb. 4 & 5 at 9:30 a.m.

HERMANO Feb. 18 & 19 at 10:00 a.m.

CIRCUS DREAMS (with a Q & A with the director!) March 3 & 4  at 10:00 a.m.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA March 17 & 18 at 9:30 a.m.

The title of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s very highly regarded film conjures Italian director Sergio Leone, but it plays out as a juxtaposition of a famous Eugene O’Neill title as in A Long Night’s Journey into Day. It is an antidote to the glib portrayals of murder and the police investigations that solve them on American television. A doctor, a prosecutor, and a team of police officers fitfully prowl the desolate Anatolian steppes in the dead-of-night in a three-car caravan following a confessed murderer’s instructions to find his victim. The hauntingly beautiful landscape offers glimpses of familiarity only to repeatedly yield no body. Amongst the seemingly idle chatter of men engaged in a somber mission, revelations of character, metaphysical perspectives, and even clues about the crime slowly bubble forth as if written by Chekhov. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is certainly in no rush to wrap up its tale and even less inclined to present it to the audience with a neat bow. Though demanding great patience and concentration from filmgoers, the film offers rich rewards as day dissipates the cloak of night and the gears of the legal system whir to record the gleanings from the night’s work. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is Turkey’s representative for the 2012 Foreign-language Oscar.  “…my own (Cannes) best-of-fest list; the first is the one I’d most like to see win the Palme d’Or: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.”—Geoff Andrews, Sight and Sound.  “…an epic and rigorous sideways portrait of a night and day in a murder investigation… that demands we keep our eyes and ears open… the only masterpiece in the Cannes competition (and) should have won (the Palme d’Or)”—Dave Calhoun, Time Out (London). I would have chosen (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) as the best film (at Cannes). By the end of the film, you have a portrait of the Anatolia region in Turkey where you can’t ever tell what’s really true.—John Powers, National Public Radio. (In Turkish with English subtitles). Unrated. 157 minutes.