The Announcement

The 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 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 parallels the deadpan humor. It's unquestionably a commentary on the Turkish present as much as the past, yet aiming for an enigmatic quality likely to confound the country’s censorship-happy authorities. (Jay Weissberg, Variety)

Director's Biography
Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun made his first fiction film, “Wrong Rosary“, in 2009, for which he won several international awards, among others the Crossing Europe Award European Competition. His second film, “Yozgat Blues“ was finished in 2013 and premiered at the San Sebastián Film Festival. His new effort, “The Announcement” premiered in the Orizzonti section of the 2018 Venice Film Festival. 

Film Selection: Anons (The Announcement, 2018) - Yozgat Blues (2013) - 8 ülke 8 yönetmen & Sinan (2010, doc short) - Domates Orucu Bozmaz (2009, short) - Uzak Ihtimal (Wrong Rosary, 2009, CE'09)
European Panorama Fiction 2019
Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Turkey / Bulgaria 2018
94 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Cinematography Krum Rodrigues
Editing Çiçek Kahraman
Sound/Sounddesign Boris Trayanov
Music Okan Kaya
With Ali Seçkiner Alici, Tarhan Karagöz, Murat Kiliç, Şencan Güleryü
Producer(s) Halil Kardaş, Tarık Tufan, Borislav Chouchkov
Filmotto Production, Chouchkov Brothers, BKM
World Sales
Heretic Outreach
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Venice Film Festival 2018
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status 
Austrian Premiere