COUP 53 - 67th Anniversary of Coup in Iran on 19th August - Documentary

While making a documentary about the Anglo-American coup in Iran in 1953, director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch discovered extraordinary, never-before-seen archive material that had been hidden for decades. The 16mm footage and documents they uncovered not only allowed them to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but it also led to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. Working with Ralph Fiennes to help bring the lost material to life, what begins as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters.

COUP 53 had its world premiere at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, where it received a rapturous response. It then went on to screen at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival and the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival, where it won the audience award for Most Popular International Documentary. The film was also nominated for Best Documentary at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards, and for the Grierson Award at the BFI London Film Festival.

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