Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun

Turkey, Bulgaria, 2018 / 94 min / Turkish OV with English subt. (TR OV with EN subt.) / Drama, Historical Satire

A biting take on a failed 1963 Turkish coup d’État.

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 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 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.


Sun 10/03 10:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg TR OV with EN subt. Public
Tue 12/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia TR OV with EN subt. Public
Wed 13/03 21:00 Cinémathèque TR OV with EN subt. Public

“The incongruously intimate story of a 1963 Turkish army coup attempt allows Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun the scope to take his mordant wit to new heights in his deadly serious yet deeply sardonic third feature, The Announcement. Rigidly composed fixed camera shots designed to heighten the atmosphere of entrapment do double duty as a self-reflexive commentary on the nature of characters who follow orders with no thought, while the stationary lens amusingly parallels the deadpan humor. […] Many commentators will fall over themselves to make comparisons to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey, but Coşkun and co-writer Ercan Kesal (he worked with Nuri Bilge Ceylan on two scripts), aim for something far less specific, laying bare a more general attitude toward power and the survival mechanisms in place when the general population become pawns in a furtive game.” Jay Weissberg, Variety, 01/09/2018

“Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun presents a blistering deadpan comedy about a failed military coup attempt in Turkey. With his third film, playing in the Orizzonti competition at the Venice Film Festival, Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun announces himself as a major film talent. Such is the strength of The Announcement that there will inevitably be comparisons with deadpan comedy masters, such as Roy Andersson, Aki Kaurismäki and the Coen brothers. Coşkun deserves to be in their company.” Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa, 03/09/2018

“Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun blends political history, humor and violence in this impressive hybrid, which premiered in the Horizons strand at the Venice Film Festival. […] Playing like an unholy mix of bone-dry comedy and a deadly serious meditation on the transience of those in power, this is a precision-tooled little gem […] Kaurismäki meets the Coen brothers but with a distinctly Anatolian twist.” Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, 01/09/2018

“Comedy of the absurd has rarely felt so strangely real as in this dark, droll riff on an attempted Turkish military coup that took place in May 1963.” Lee Marshall, 02/09/2018, Screendaily 

  • Venice Horizons Award – Special Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival, 2018 (Italy)
  • Golden Boll – Best Cinematography, Adana Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
  • Best Cinematography – National Competition, Bosphorus Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
  • Best Director – National Competition, Bosphorus Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
  • Special Mention – Golden Anchor Award, Haifa International Film Festival, 2018 (Israel)
  • Crystal Apricot Award – Best Director, MUFF Malatya International Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
  • SIYAD Award – Best Film, MUFF Malatya International Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
  • Crystal Apricot Award – Best Cinematography, MUFF Malatya International Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
  • Crystal Apricot Award – Best Art Direction, MUFF Malatya International Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
  • Crystal Apricot Award – Best Film, MUFF Malatya International Film Festival, 2018 (Turkey)
Cast & Credits
Ali Seçkiner Alıcı,Tarhan Karagöz, Murat Kılıç, Şencan Güleryüz, Serkan Ercan, Erdem Şenocak, Sanem Öge, Mehmet Yılmaz Ak, Nazmi Kırık, Müfit Kayacan
Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Krum Rodriguez
Serkan Köseoğlu, Murat Çelikkol, Boris Trayanov
László Rajk
Okan Kaya
Filmotto Production
Chouchkov Brothers, BKM
Heretic Outreach

Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun, born in Turkey in 1973, studied film at UCLA and Istanbul Bilgi University. He began his filmmaking career while working on documentaries and commercials in 2000. His directorial debut, Wrong Rosary (2009), won a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2009 and the Best Director Award at the Adana and Istanbul International Film Festivals. In 2010, he directed the documentary drama Architect Sinan. Coşkun’s second fiction feature film, Yozgat Blues (2013), had its world premiere at the San Sebastián Film Festival 2013, going on to win awards at several other festivals. The Announcement (2018) is his third fiction feature, premiering at the 75th Venice Film Festival where it won the Orrizonti Special Jury Prize.

  • 2018 – The Announcement
  • 2013 – Yozgat Blues
  • 2010 – 8 Ülke 8 Yönetmen ve Sinan: Mimar Sinan (documentary short in a shorts programme)
  • 2009 – Uzak Ihtimal
  • 2009 – Domates Orucu Bozmaz (short)