Based on Antoine Kope's memoirs. Film in production for delivery in Sept. 2021.
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"Antoine the Fortunate” charts the rise and fall of the fortunes of this ordinary man and his family. They witnessed and survived the dramatic events leading to the dissolution of the Ottoman' (and also the Austro-Hungarian) Empire and the creation of modern Turkey. Their story is recorded in hundreds of hitherto unreleased home movies, photographs and letters from the early 20th century to the 1970’s.
The film is a first person account of the radical transformations brought about by the end of the age of empires and one man’s struggle to survive to find his place in a changing world.
Today, Turkey and the Middle East carry many contradictions that were playing out during Antoine’s life: ambiguity towards religion, repression of minorities, extreme nationalism, emergence of populist leaders and never-ending conflicts. Antoine’s tale helps us to make sense of these transformations, which continue to define our world today.
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Festivals and Awards:
2019: Sunny Side of the Doc - Award for "Best History Pitch"