Turkish film receives Special Jury Prize at 75th Venice Film Festival

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The Turkish dark comedy “Anons” (The Announcement) received the Special Jury Prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival on Saturday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Directed by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun, the film competed in the Orizzonti (Horizons) sections.

Coşkun wrote the screenplay with Ercan Kesal, who also collaborated on another award-winning Turkish film, “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia.”

The award-winning Turkish director’s third film focuses on four soldiers’ long journey during the night of a military coup attempt in the 1960s.

On Friday “Anons” was also awarded the Best Mediterranean Film prize, which is given by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists and the Academy of Fine Arts, at the Venice festival.

Winners of the 75th Venice Film Festival:

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Golden Lion for Best Film: “Roma” by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron

Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize: “The Favourite” by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (UK, Ireland, USA)

Silver Lion for Best Director: Jacques Audiard with “The Sisters Brothers”

Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Best Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Special Jury Prize: “The Nightingale” Jennifer Kent

Orizzonti (Horizons) section:

Best Film: “Kraben Rahu” (Manta Ray) by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Best Director: Emir Baigazin for the film “Ozen” (The River)

Special Jury Prize: “Anons” (The Announcement) by Mahmut Fazil Coşkun

Best Screenplay: Pema Tseden for “JINPA”

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