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NYFF '11 Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' A Masterful, Slow-Burn Epic

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 8, 2011 1:05 AM
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Minimalist art filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan spent a long time crafting very personal and breathtakingly photographed tales. His work has never been big on plot, nor have they ever been anything other than glacially paced. Indeed, his general aesthetic isn't very welcoming to the impatient, though those willing to give their attention are always struck by something special. His black and white debut "The Town" is a real toughie, containing less of a story and more of a collection of moments -- but without the presence of a narrative, Ceylan is free to discover and exhibit universal beauty that isn't dependent on deep characters or drama. A "scene" in a classroom becomes magical when a feather floats into the room, with a few children continually blowing it to stay in the air. Let the tales be told elsewhere, because without being too pretentious, this was life he was capturing in its most undiluted form.

New Films in 2011 By Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Lou Ye, Tsui Hark, Aki Kaurismaki & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 22, 2011 3:23 AM
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Consider this a companion piece to our Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2011. Screen Daily released their own list of exciting over-seas prospects (subscription only), and while a good deal of it was stuff that we already covered - "The Turin Horse," "The Grand Master," "Set Me Free" (which they still have listed as "Untitled Dardenne Brothers") - the buffet was stuffed with plenty of fresh, delicious motion pictures worthy of everyone's palate. We've collected the best and most interesting projects and threw them into an easily digestible round up below. Feast your eyes on what this new year will have to offer, and know that we will refrain from using any phrases or words related to food from this point on.

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