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Once upon a time... it's the classic opening of a fairy tale. In the 1960s, Sergio Leone used it to revise our perception of the America's frontier lands ('Once Upon a Time in the West') and in the 1980s he returned to it to create one of the defining gangster movies ('Once Upon a Time in America'). Quentin Tarantino first used the phrase for the thrilling, knife-edge opening chapter of 'Inglorious Basterds' ('Once Upon a Time...in Nazi-occupied France'), but now employs the phrase – with a knowing use of ellipses – to launch his spectacular portrait of late-60s Los Angeles, 'Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood'. To chime with that film's era-defining credentials, Curzon 12's curated programme for August looks at other films that represent an era, country, genre or milieu. They range from Turkish master filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan's coruscating portrait of contemporary Turkey, 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' to the seismic shift in rural African life as a result of the rise of Boko Haram in the devastating and powerful 'Timbuktu'. The modern, middle-age Italian male psyche gets a thorough going-over in 'Mid-August Lunch', while the intricacies of Ortohdox Jewish life and the ceremonies that define it are explored in the intimate 'Fill the Void'. A deeply damaged soul lies at the heart of the Fritzl-inspired 'Michael', a mordant drama for those who like their humour darker than night. From comedies of all shades, to dramas domestic and political, this collection offers you the chance to spend time in a variety of worlds.

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