Turkish film to run for Oscar nomination

Turkish director's film "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" will run for Best Foreign-Language Film Award nomination at Academy Awards.

Ismail Gunes, chairman of the Commission on Artistic Activities, said in a statement that the commission convened to choose the film to run for the Best Foreign-Language Film Award nomination on behalf of Turkey.

"This year, 'The Plane Tree', "The Crossing', 'Shadows and Faces', 'Hayde Bre', 'The Majority', 'Our Grand Despair' and 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' applied us to run for the Oscar nomination. We unanimously chose Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia'. Now, this film will compete to be on the Academy shortlist," he said.

The winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' was co-written and directed by Ceylan. The film is based on the true experience of one of the writers, telling the story of a group of men who search for a dead body on the Anatolian steppe. The film was released across Turkey on September 23.

The cast includes Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel and Firat Tanis.(AA)