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A film that follows two friends through four nightmarish years of the Syrian civil war won some top prizes at the Venice film festival over the weekend, while a hilarious black comedy about a botched coup in Turkey won another.The festival's Orizzonti section, which distributed its awards Friday evening, gave its best Mediterranean film prize, awarded annually by Italian critics, to "The Announcement," a deadpan satire based on a 1963 military coup attempt in Turkey.Eight people died in the failed 1963 coup led by Col. Talat Aydemir, who was later hanged.Coskun's third film follows a group of violent but clueless plotters sent to Istanbul from Ankara, but taking over the city's radio station proves more complicated than they ever thought. Soldiers involved in the chaotic 2016 coup attempt also got more than they bargained for when they attempted to shut down media outlets.
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