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by Mahmut Fazil Coskun


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 co-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 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, Anons 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.

international title: The Announcement
original title: Anons
country: Turkey, Bulgaria
sales agent: Heretic Outreach
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Mahmut Fazil Coskun
film run: 95'
screenplay: Mahmut Fazil Coskun, Ercan Kesal
cast: Ali Seckiner Alici, Tarhan Karagöz, Murat Kiliç, Sencan Güleryüz
cinematography by: Krum Rodrigues
film editing: Cicek Kahraman
art director: László Rajk
costumes designer: Zehra Tuba Atac
music: Okan Kaya
producer: Halil Kardas, Tarik Tufan, Borislav Chouchkov
production: Filmotto Production, BKM, Chouchkov Brothers

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