Coup 53, the debut feature documentary thriller by Iranian director Taghi Amirani, will receive a unique digital release on 19th August 2020, the 67th anniversary of the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran. For one night only, the film will take the unprecedented step of being screened virtually in collaboration with 300+ venues in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland. A ticket for the screening also includes an exclusive Q+A with the team behind the film including Amirani and editor Walter Murch which will be available on 20th August.
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 began as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turned into a live investigation, which took 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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