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Anons (The Announcement)

Mahmut Fazil Coşkun
Filmotto Production (Halil Kardaş, Tarık Tufan), Chouchkov Brothers (Borislav Chouchkov), BKM
Running Time:
Turkey, Bulgary
Main Cast:
Ali Seçkiner Alici, Tarhan Karagöz, Murat Kiliç, Şencan Güleryüz
Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Krum Rodrigues
Çiçek Kahraman
Production Designer:
Laszlo Rajk
Costume Designer:
Tuba Ataç
Okan Kaya
Boris Trayanov
Visual Effects:
Vega İmaj, Mehmet Ekinci, Mustafa Aktürk


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.

Director’s Statement

Anons is a story of a clash and a unity of two different parts – soldiers and civilians, who read and understand the world and life from two different perspectives. “Waiting in the East, moving in the West wins”, they say. The chaos and tragicomedy of this statement have been evident in Turkey for years. When I came up with the idea for a film out of this story, I thought to myself I wouldn’t be able to find a better story to express all the oddness and contradictions which are hard to understand at first glance. I never had the intention to take sides or to judge what’s been going on. Also, I am not a historian. And although the story of the film is similar to other real-life stories, I wanted to write my own story and tried to see the past independently of official or unofficial history. My aim in the story is to express the absolute power of the streets and of life following the process of the announcement of a coup, without being a supporter or an opponent of it.


PRODUCTION 1: Filmotto Production
82, Kuloğlu Mahallesi, Sıraselviler Caddesi
34433 Istanbul - Turkey
Tel. +90 (0) 212 2524763
Mob. +90 532 2359806

PRODUCTION 2: Chouchkov Brothers
6, Shipka Street
1504, Sofia - Bulgaria
Tel. + 359 (0) 02 9463410

Akat Mahallesi, Ebulula Mardin Caddesi, Maya Meridyen Plaza 16/12, Besiktas
34335 – İstanbul, Turkey
Tel. +902123521818

WORLD SALES: Heretic Outreach
18, Promitheos street
15234, Athens - Greece
Tel. + 30 (0) 2106005260

PRESS OFFICE: Manlin Sterner - International Rescue
Tel. +33 663 763113

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