Boston Turkish Film Festival



Winner of Venice Film Festival Special Orizzonti Jury Prize


The Announcement | Anons

Directed by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Written by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun and Ercan Kesal
95 min. / 2018 / with English subtitles
Featuring Ali Seçkiner Alıcı,Tarhan Karagöz,Murat Kılıç, Şencan Güleryüz


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.


  • Venice Film Festival, Italy (2018): Special Orizzonti Jury Prize (World Premiere)
  • Adana Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Cinematography
  • SIYAD Turkish Film Critics Association Awards (2018): Best Art Direction
  • Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Director, Best Cinematography
  • Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association) Best Film Award, Film-Yon Best Director Award
  • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel (2018): Special Mention
  • Fajr International Film Festival, Iran (2018): International Critic Jury Award
  • Athens International Film Festival, Greece (2018)
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil (2018)
  • Luxembourg City Film Festival (2019)
  • Seattle International Film Festival, USA (2019)
  • Transaltantyk Festival: Lodz, Poland (2019)


Mahmut Fazil Coskun

Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun (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. His 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.





7:00 pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Remis Auditorium
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Q&A with Director and Reception with Live Music follow film screening

“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” – Screendaily

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


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