Coup 53, dir. Taghi Amirani, UK / Iran / USA 2019, 118 min., English
Director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) had begun making a documentary about the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in August 1953 when they happened upon a cache of never-before-seen archive material. The discovery transforms their historical documentary into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters – and ultimately resulting in this gripping feature.
The discovery of the footage and documents not only allows the filmmakers to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but also leads to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. Featuring a brilliant performance from Ralph Fiennes, who plays an MI6 agent in a dramatic interview reconstruction, Coup 53 exposes the roots of Iran’s volatile relationship with the UK and the USA in compelling and forensic fashion.
The screening is followed by a Q&A with film director and co-writer Taghi Amirani and co-writer and editor Walter Murch, and will include never-seen-before footage from the production of the film.
Fri, 10 Dec 2021
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