The Announcement

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    The Announcement

    Anons

    Directed by

    Turkey, Bulgaria

    2018

    94 min

    • Turkish

    Drama

    May 22nd, 1963. Unhappy with the existing social and political situation in Turkey, a group of military officers has planned a coup d’état to take down the government in Ankara. Meanwhile in Istanbul, their conspirators have undertaken the vital mission of taking over the National Radio station and making a formal announcement about the coup. But nothing goes to plan. Faced with a number of obstacles, including a sudden rainstorm, the absence of the radio station technician, a betrayal, the lack of feedback from Ankara and their very own inefficiency, the conspirators scramble to keep their plan on track and announce the success of the coup – that is, if the coup in the capital has taken place at all. Based on actual events and told over the course of a single night, THE ANNOUNCEMENT is a wry commentary on Turkey’s uneasy political past and present. Biting political satire meets subtle comedy in a film that highlights the absurdity of its story without ever being anything less than dead serious.

    Awards

    • Special Orizzonti Jury Prize - Venice IFF
    • The Golden Anchor, Special Mention - Haifa IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ali Seçkiner Alıcı
    Tarhan Karagöz
    Murat Kılıç
    Şencan Güleryüz
    Serkan Ercan
    Erdem Şenocak
    Sanem Öge
    Mehmet Yılmaz Ak
    Nazmi Kırık
    Müfit Kayacan
    Screenplay
    Mahmut Fazil Coskun
    Ercan Kesal
    Cinematography
    Krum Rodriguez
    Editing
    Cicek Kahraman
    Music
    Okan Kaya
    Sales
    HERETIC OUTREACH
    Production
    FILMOTTO
    Production
    CHOUCHKOV BROTHERS
    Production
    BKM (BESIKTAS KULTUR MERKEZI)

    Press

    This mordant take on a failed 1963 Turkish army coup combines rigorous stationary lensing with knowing deadpan humor.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    A near-perfect coup.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Mahmut  Fazıl Coşkun

    Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun

    Turkey

    I have a difficulty dealing with the realty.
    Filmmaking helps me dealing with it by creating a reality of its own.

    Mahmut Fazil Coskun (1973, Turkey) studied film at UCLA and Istanbul Bilgi University. He has been working as a documentary and commercial filmmaker since 2000. Wrong Rosary was his directorial debut, winning a Tiger Award at 2009 International Film Festival Rotterdam and Best Director at the 2009 Adana Film Festival. In 2010, he directed the documentary drama Architect Sinan. Coskun’s second fiction feature film, Yozgat Blues, had its world premiere at the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival, going on to win awards at several other festivals which included 2013 Warsaw FF Fipresci Award and Best Balkan Film at 2014 Sofia IFF.

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