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Cannes Winner "Once Upon a Time" Picked Up By The Cinema Guild

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 14, 2011 at 3:19AM

The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," co-winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
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The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," co-winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Check out indieWIRE's review of the film here. Full press release below.

New York, NY --The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," co-winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema Guild with Sezgi Uestuen on behalf of producer Zeynep Ozbatur of Zeyno Film. Theatrical release details will be forthcoming.

A haunting story about a group of men, among them a local prosecutor, doctor, police chief and two murder suspects, who go in search of a missing body in the Anatolian steppes, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is a breathtakingly beautiful work from celebrated Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Born in Istanbul in 1959, Ceylan is the director of six feature films, including "The Town" (1997), "Clouds of May" (1999), "Distant" (2003), which won the Grand Prix and the Best Actor prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, "Climates" (2006) and "Three Monkeys" (2008), winner of the Best Director award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

"'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' is a true masterwork, a richly detailed and stunningly photographed investigation into both a murder and the human condition," commented Ryan Krivoshey. "We are extremely pleased to be working with Nuri Bilge Ceylan on the US release of his extraordinary new film."

A distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films, The Cinema Guild's recent acquisitions include Hong Sangsoo's Cannes favorite "The Day He Arrives" and Berlin prize winner Bela Tarr's "The Turin Horse."

Upcoming theatrical releases include Cristi Puiu's "Aurora," Vadim Jendreyko's "The Woman with the Five Elephants" and Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's "The Interrupters." Recent releases include Manoel de Oliveira's "The Strange Case of Angelica," Matt Porterfield's "Putty Hill," Jeff Malmberg's "Marwencol" and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash's "Sweetgrass."

This article is related to: Festivals, Acquisitions, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia





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