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Ten years in the making, Iranian director Taghi Amirani’s feature film debut is a fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mossaddegh and reinstalled Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah, turning Iran into a despotic monarchy. Tracing the coup from the events leading up to it through its aftermath, Amirani and editor and cowriter Walter Murch (Apocalypse NowThe Godfather) uncover a wealth of secrets held for over sixty years and discovered in a trove of documents and film obtained from a 1985 British TV documentary. Assembling never-before-seen archival footage, animation, and interviews with witnesses on both sides of the conflict, Coup 53 presents a chilling exposé of one of the first covert actions by the US and UK to overthrow a sitting government in order to protect “national interests,” at the expense of what could have been the largest democracy in the Middle East.

— Victoria Jaschob

  • Year
  • Runtime
    119 minutes
  • Language
    English, Italian, Farsi
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Taghi Amirani
  • Screenwriter
    Taghi Amirani, Walter Murch
  • Producer
    Paul Zaentz, Taghi Amirani
  • Executive Producer
    Gerry Ohrstrom, Neda Nobari, Jon Wilcox
  • Co-Producer
    Amir Amirani, Ahmad Kiarostami
  • Cast
    Ralph Fiennes
  • Cinematographer
    Taghi Amirani, Chris Morphet, Claudia Raschke
  • Editor
    Walter Murch
  • Animator
    Martyn Pick
  • Music
    Robert Miller