The Announcement

by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun


May 22nd, 1963. Unhappy with the existing social and political situation in Turkey, a group of military officers have 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 insufficiency, 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.

“Mahmut Fazil Coskun blends political history,
humor and violence in this impressive hybrid”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Comedy of the absurd has rarely felt so strangely real”

“With his third film, Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
announces himself as a major film talent.”



Original title: Anons

Directed by: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Written by: Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Cinematography: Krum Rodrigues
Edited by: Çiçek Kahraman
Cast: Ali Seçkiner Alıcı (Reha),Tarhan Karagöz (Şinasi),Murat Kılıç (Kemal), Şencan Güleryüz (Koreli Fırat)
Producer: Halil Kardaş, Tarık Tufan
Co-producer: Boris Chouchkov

Produced by: Filmotto Production
Co-produced by: Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), BKM (Turkey)


– Venice Film Festival,
Orizzonti competition section | (World premiere)
Special Jury Prize

– Athens IFF
– Haifa IFF, Golden Anchor Competition section
– Sao Paolo IFF, International Perspective section
– Turkish Film Week (Azerbaijan)
– Kerala IFF
– Dhaka IFF
– Goteborg FF
– Bengaluru IFF
– LuxFilmFest
– Fajr IFF | International Critic Jury Award
– Moscow IFF
– Crossing Europe
– Jeonju IFF, World Cinemascape (Asian premiere)
– Espoo Cine
– Seattle IFF
– Red Tulip FF
– Transilvania IFF
– Mediterranean FF Split
– Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel
– Munich FF
– Taipei FF
– Manarat FF
– Transatlantyk FF
– PriFest
– Timisoara Central European FF
– Duhok IFF
– International Cinematographers FF Manaki Brothers
– Turkish Movie Fest/ Belgrade
– Independent FilmFest Osnabruck
– Mostra de Valencia
– Frankfurt Turkish FF
– FilmFestival Cottbus
– Vancouver Turkish FF
– BTF’s Documentary and Short Film Competition/ Boston
– Washington Turkish FF
– Seattle Turkish FF
– Sinema Stuttgart
– Black Movie FF

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