Saturday, May 26, 2012

'Anatolia' Returns to SF Film Society
for One-Week Engagement

The latest film by Turkish master director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia", will be on my ten-best list later this year and I'm looking forward to catching it again over the Memorial Day weekend.

"Anatonlia" played at last year's Cannes film festival where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and received warm critical acclaim.

The San Francisco Film Society showed the film earlier this year at their cinema in Japantown, and they've brought it back for a one-week engagement. If "The Avengers" and the latest installment of "Men in Black" don't whet your cinematic appetite, consider taking in "Anatolia" and seeing a foreign work that re-defines the art house film.

With a minimal plot involving police driving murder suspects around the countryside, hunting for the corpse of the man they killed, "Anatolia" features stunning cinematography and beautifully choreographed long takes, as the investigators fight among themselves and badger their suspects.

Bring along a robust dose of patience and your cinema-loving DNA will thank you after the film is over.

Click here for ticket info and showtimes. "Anatolia" is at the SF Film Society Cinema on Post Street until May 31.

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