Indian Premiere of Venice Film Festival award winner The Announcement at the IFFK

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A dark comedy which won accolades at the 75th Venice International Film Festival is slated for its Indian premiere at the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).

‘The Announcement’ by Turkish director Mahmut Fazil Coskun which won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice fest will be screened under the World Cinema category.

One of the most noted and acclaimed fests at the festival, ‘The Announcement’ is a blend of political history, humor, drama, and violence in an impressive hybrid. The film portrays with style, the political scenario of the present and the past of Turkey, and intertwines moments of humor, walking along the thin ridge that separates comedy and tragedy.

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.

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.

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, “The Announcement” may struggle to find an audience aware of the political situation as well as open to the film’s funny side, but it deserves considerable festival play.

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