Directed by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun. Written by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun and Ercan Kesal (Turkey, 2018, 95 min). Digital. Turkish with English subtitles. Director present.
May 22nd, 1963—unhappy with Turkey’s existing social and political situation, a group of military officers plan 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 sudden rainstorm, the absence of the radio station technician, a betrayal, 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, The Announcement is a wry commentary on Turkey’s uneasy political past—and its 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.
Winner, Special Orrizonti Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Q & A with the director and a reception in Taste with live music, follow the screening.
With English subtitles