Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun

Turkey, Bulgaria 2018. 94 Min.
color. DCP. Turk/e

A coup d’état is not much use if nobody notices it, which is why an irregular transfer of power is usually announced through the media. The proclamation of a military coup in May 1963 is also the task of the protagonists of Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun’s third film, Anons: While his colleagues in Ankara are overthrowing the government, they have to make the announcement on Radio Istanbul. Unfortunately, the radio technician who is needed to get the job done is not at work, and many other things get in the way. For a while, we think we are watching a deadpan comedy of fiascos, until the first victim makes it clear to us that what we’re seeing is dead-serious, and that none of the on-screen protagonists are amused by the jokes that life has invented for them on this fateful night. But not only the film’s tone testifies to the experimental zeal of the director, who was born in Turkey in 1973 and trained in Los Angeles and Istanbul. His visual style also dares break with conventions. He repeatedly lets the action move out of the frame, and conveys what is happening through what is heard, not what is seen. He thereby, in a playful and casual way, makes it clear that what is filmed is just a part of a far more complex reality. (as)


DirectorMahmut Fazıl Coşkun
ScreenplayMahmut Fazıl Coşkun, Ercan Kesal
CinematographyKrum Rodriguez
EditingÇiçek Kahraman
MusicOkan Kaya
WithAli Seçkiner Alici, Tarhan Karagöz, Murat Kiliç, Şencan Güleryüz
ProducersHalil Kardaş, Tarik Tufan