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Turkish dark comedy wins jury prize at Venice festival

A Turkish dark-comedy film “Anons” (The Announcement) received a Special Jury Prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

Directed by Mahmut Fazil Coskun, the film was competing in the Orizzonti (Horizons) section.

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

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

The winner of the 75th Venice Film Festival:

In competition

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

Winners in 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 Coskun

Best Screenplay: Pema Tseden for JINPA

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