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FATİH AKIN

 

A CONTEMPORARY TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR

Akın was born on 25, August, 1973 in Hamburg, Germany to parents of Turkish origin. He attended Hamburg's College of Fine Arts to study visual communications and graduated in 2000.
Fatih Akın has been married since 2004 to German-Mexican actress Monique Obermüller and lives in Hamburg-Altona. His brother, Cem Akın, is an actor.
Akın made his debut as director of a full length film as early as 1998 with Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos), which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and the "Pierrot", the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director in Munich the same year. Since then he has directed feature films such as Im Juli (In July) in 2000, We forgot to go back (Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren) in 2001 and Solino' in 2002. His fourth work, Head-On (Gegen die Wand), starring Sibel Kekilli, was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards.
In 2005 he directed a documentary about the Istanbul music scene, Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, which includes musicians such as Ceza, Sezen Aksu, Aynur Doğan and Brenna MacCrimmon. It is narrated by a member of a German experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten, Alexander Hacke, who also produced music for Head-On.
In 2007, Akın's The Edge of Heaven, a German-Turkish cross-cultural tale of loss, mourning and forgiveness, won the prize for best screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. On October 24, 2007, the same film was awarded the first edition of the LUX prize for European cinema by the European Parliament.
His most recent film is the comedy Soul Kitchen (2009). He has said he chose this more light-hearted film because he needed a break after making the "tough" films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven before making his next planned film The Devil. "But", he says, "now I feel ready to finish the trilogy".
Awards :

  1. 1998 Bavarian Film Awards, Best New Director
  2. 2004 Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival
  3. 2004 European Film Awards, Best Film, Audience Award
  4. 2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Golden Orange Award, Best Director
  5. 2007 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Director[11]
  6. 2007 LUX Prize for European Cinema awarded by European Parliament
  7. 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay
  8. 2010 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) for his contribution in depicting the problems of Turkish-Germans.

 

NURİ BİLGE CEYLAN

 

A CONTEMPORARY TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born on 26 January 1959 in Istanbul, is a Turkish photographer and film director. He is married to the filmmaker, photographer, and actress Ebru Ceylan, his co-star in İklimler (Climates).
Ceylan learned photography at age 15, and developed an interest in film at 22. After graduating from Boğaziçi University with a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he went on with his studies on cinema for two years at Mimar Sinan University.[1]
Ceylan's first short film Koza (Cocoon) was screened in the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. He received many awards with his debut feature Kasaba (Small Town). His third feature Uzak (Distant) received many awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor Prize at Cannes, and was praised internationally. His 2006 film Iklimler (Climates) won the FIPRESCI Movie Critics' Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and received international praise by critics and experts. The film won 5 awards at the 2006 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, bringing him the "Best Director" title. During the preparation of this movie, Ceylan turned his attentions to photography again. He won the best director award in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys). At the end of his speech, Ceylan stated, "I dedicate this award to my beautiful and lonely country, which I love passionately."
Ceylan has been selected as a juror for the International Competition in 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He won the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing. His latest film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia premiered in Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

 

YAVUZ TURGUL

A CONTEMPORARY TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR

Yavuz Turgul was born on April 5, 1946 in Istanbul, Turkey, is a Turkish film director and screenwriter, who is best known for his box-office hit The Bandit (1996) and who has won the Golden Orange for Best Screenplay four times for Abbas in Flower (1982), The Agha (1985), Mr. Muhsin (1987) and The Shadow Play (1992); Golden Oranges for Best Film for Mr. Muhsin (1987) and 2nd Best Film for Gölge Oyunu (1992); and a Golden Orange Lifetime Achievement Award.
Yavuz Turgul graduated from the Istanbul University Institute of Journalism and worked as a journalist for six years for Ses magazine before he began to write scripts. He achieved early success in the late 70s and early 80s with scripts for a series of popular comedy productions from producer-director Ertem Eğilmez and director Kartal Tibet including Tosun Paşa (1976), Sultan (1978) and Hababam Sınıfı Güle Güle (1981).
He went on to greater success in the 80s by winning the Golden Orange for Best Screenplay for Abbas in Flower (1982), directed by Sinan Çetin, making his directorial debut with Fahriye Abla (1984) and winning the Golden Orange for Best Screenplay a second time for The Agha (1985), directed by Nesli Çölgeçen before cementing his success by winning Golden Oranges for Best Film and Best Screenplay as well as prizes at film festivals in Istanbul and San Sebastián for his second directorial effort Mr. Muhsin (1987), which according to Rekin Teksoy, "is considered his most important film."
In the 90s he continued with The Unforgettable Director of Love Movies (1990) and The Shadow Play (1992), for which he won Golden Oranges for 2nd Best Film and Best Screenplay, before achieving his greatest box office success to date with the popular The Bandit (1996), which according to Rekin Teksoy, "brought in Turkish audiences back into their seats," and made him,"a pioneer of the box-office hits during this period," as well as the recipient of the Golden Dolphin at the Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival.
He returned following a long absence with Lovelorn (2005), which won the Queens Spirit Award, and wrote For Love and Honor (2007), directed by Ömer Vargı, which was released the same year he received a Golden Orange Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest film Hunting Season is set for release on December 3, 2010.
He was married to Turkish actress Itır Esen, with whom he has 2 children.

 

ATIF YILMAZ BATIBEK

A CONTEMPORARY TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR

Atıf Yılmaz Batıbeki was born on December 25, 1925 and died on May 5, 2006. He was a renowned Turkish film director, screenwriter and film producer. He was almost a legend in the film industry of Turkey with 119 movies directed. He also wrote 53 screenplays and produced 28 movies since 1951. He was active in almost every period of the Turkish film industry. Despite the numerous movies he directed, majority of those were qualified, and had a message to get through.
In the beginnings, he worked as a film critic, made some paintings and wrote film scripts to earn a living. After co-directing two movies as an assistant director to Semih Evin in 1950, his directing career began with the film Kanlı Feryat (The Bloody Cry). In 1960, he established his film company "Yerli Film" with the actor Orhan Günşıray.
The most important movies in his filmography were: Hıçkırık (The Sob), Alageyik (The Fallow Deer), Suçlu (The Guilty One), Seni Kaybedersem (If I Lose You), Yaban Gülü (The Wild Rose), Keşanlı Ali Destanı (Kesanli Ali's Epic), Taçsız Kral (The Crownless King), Toprağın Kanı (Blood of the Earth), Ölüm Tarlası (Death Field), Utanç (The Shame), Zavallılar (The Poor People), Selvi Boylum, Al Yazmalım (My Girl with the Red Scarf), Baskın (The Raid), Adak (The Sacrifice), Bir Yudum Sevgi (A Sip of Love), Adı Vasfiye (Her Name is Vasfiye), Berdel (Berdel), Düş Gezginleri (Walking After Midnight), Eylül Fırtınası (After the Fall) and Mine (Mine).
He made movies both fluent and the ones with mainly social messages. Most of the theme of his movies were taboo in the days they have been taken. Particularly "Mine" and "Her Name is Vasfiye" were revolutions that time with their issue on the sexuality and the reaction of the society.
He never gave up making movies throughout his life, and even in the time when the industry stopped filmmaking due to economic reasons.
Atıf Yılmaz played an important role in the professional career of notable Turkish film directors like Halit Refiğ, Yılmaz Güney, Şerif Gören, Zeki Ökten and Ali Özgentürk.
During the Antalya Film Festival in September 2005, he was hospitaized due to gastro-intestinal complaints. He died on May 5, 2006 in İstanbul.

 

SEMİH KAPLANOĞLU

A CONTEMPORARY TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR

Semih Kaplanoğlu was born in 1963 in İzmir,Turkey), is a Turkish playwright, film director and producer.
He graduated from the Cinema and Television Section of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Dokuz Eylül University in his hometown. In 1984, Kaplanoğlu moved to Istanbul and worked for a couple of years as a copywriter for advertising companies like Güzel Sanatlar, Saatchi & Saatchi and Young & Rubicam.
He switched over to cinema to become an assistant cameraman for two award-winning documentary films. Later, Kaplanoğlu wrote the script and directed a television series with 52 episodes, which became successful at the channels Show TV and InterStar.
The first film he directed, Herkes Kendi Evinde (Away From Home) won many awards participating at international film festivals. Kaplanoğlu's second feature film Meleğin Düşüşü (Angel's Fall) premiered at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival and found wide interest by international film critics and audience. His film Yumurta (Egg) brought many international awards for best film, best director, best screenplay.
Besides his main pursuits in cinema, Semih Kaplanoğlu wrote between 1987 and 2003 articles on plastic arts and cinema, which were published in arts periodicals and also translated into foreign languages. In the years from 1996 through 2000, he had a column named "Karşılaşmalar" in the daily newspaper Radikal.
He founded his own film production company Kaplan Film. Its first feature film Egg was a co-production with Greece. Kaplanoğlu's film Süt (Milk) was released in Germany in January 2010, which with Yumurta (Egg) and the film Bal (Honey) produced in 2010, forms a trilogy called Yusuf Üçlemesi (Yusuf's Trilogy), named after the main character Yusuf of the films.
His 2010 film, Bal won the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

 

OTHER CONTEMPORARY TURKISH FILM DIRECTORS :

                        PELİN ESMER              

YÜKSEL AKSU            

       AHMET ULUÇAY