Beginnings: Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Turkey, 2011), Dir.: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Updated: Sep 30, 2020
'Beginnings' is a section where we pick up a film at random and visually explore their starting scene.
We open with a dirty window where we can make out some vague shapes sitting inside.
We push forward towards the window...Now we are closer to it.
Then we slowly change the focus to the people inside...
The three men seem to be having some dinner while they share jokes.
A dog barks off-screen and catches the attention of one of the men.
He picks up some bones from their dinner and approaches the window.
He looks out at the dog. The clouds rumble off-screen.
He looks up at the clouds and we cut to...
Him at the door. We see the whole area for the first time. It seems to be an auto repair shop.
He comes forward and feeds the dog.
As he is going back, a truck enters from the right.
It obscures the whole scene and the truck dissolves into the film's title.
With studied formalism, Ceylan has set the thick and ominous atmosphere successfully.
Once Upon in Anatolia was the co-winner of Grand Prix at 2011 Cannes Film Festival.