Cannes prize winner to hit U.S. screens

Cinema Guild has picked up U.S. rights to “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” the Nuri Bilge Ceylan pic that was a co-winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes this year.

Film by Turkish helmer Ceylan, who also co-wrote the script with Ebru Ceylan and Ercan Kesal, centers on a group of men who set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

Ceylan’s 2003 outing “Distant” scored the Grand Prix and actor laurel at the 2003 Cannes festival, while his film “Three Monkeys” nabbed the director award there in 2008.

Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey negotiated the Stateside distribution deal with Sezgi Ustun, repping Zeyno Film producer Zeynep Ozbatur. “Once Upon a Time” joins a Cinema Guild slate that includes Hong Sang-soo’s “The Day He Arrives” and Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse.”

Exact timeline for the theatrical release of “Once Upon a Time” remains to be determined.

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