Propaganda (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Political Satire, Surrealist Film  |   Run Time - 116 min.  |   Countries - Turkey   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Turkey's most popular comedians, Kemal Sunal and Metin Akpinar, star in this darkly surreal comedy set in a sleepy village in the country's desert southeast in 1948. Sunal and Akpinar are close friends until Sunal gets appointed the new customs director. One day, Akpinar wakes up to discover that a barbed-wire fence has been strung through the center of the town, and he and his family are on the wrong side of the divide. He is now an inhabitant of an unspecified foreign nation. Meanwhile, the dull-witted Sunal struts around in his military uniform, getting drunk on his new-found power. Propaganda was screened at the 1999 Istanbul Film Festival.

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Turkish [nationality], border [geographic], village