If Turkey’s cinema art-house circuit has a darling these days, it’s Ceylan, whose work includes Climates and Three Monkeys. Languorous and brooding, Anatolia recalls Ingmar Bergman’s existential angst, with a hint of Anton Chekhov’s storytelling skills. It’s a potent combo. The vistas of the rolling Anatolian landscape, rendered by master cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki, take your breath away. So do the characters’ faces, all of them with the lived-in look of real people, starkly illuminated in carefully composed setups.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia shared the Grand Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Fri., June 22, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 23, 6 p.m.; Sun., June 24, 3 p.m., 2012