Top 20 Turkish Directors

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Yilmaz Güney
Writer, Yol
Güney and his work were almost entirely unknown outside of his homeland Turkey until his 1981 escape from imprisonment in Turkey and his "discovery" the following year at the Cannes Film Festival for his autobiographical screenplay for Yol, the festival's grand prize winner. Born in 1937 in a village near the southern city of Adana...
 
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Reha Erdem
Director, Kosmos
Born in Istanbul, Reha Erdem began his studies in History at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He graduated from Cinema Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his M.A. in Plastic Arts at the same university. He shot his first feature-length film Oh Moon in 1989 as a French-Turkish co-production...
 
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Semih Kaplanoglu
Producer, Bal
 
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Yavuz Turgul
Writer, The Bandit
Yavuz Turgul was born in Istanbul, 1946. He worked as journalist for many years. In 1976 he started to write scripts with the support of Ertem Egilmez. His first directing experience came with the movie Fahriye Abla, in 1984. He worked with famous Turkish actor Sener Sen in so many movies. Turgul is one of the best directors in Turkey and he is still working on new movie projects.
 
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Metin Erksan
Director, Dry Summer
Born in 1929, Metin Erksan is one of the first Turkish filmmakers who saw cinema as an art form apart from a mass entertaining medium. Having studied art history in Istanbul University and being the brother of a little known director named Cetin Karamanbey, Erksan found himself at a very early age in a favourable position to combine film practice with aesthetic concerns...
 
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Kutlug Ataman
Writer, Kuzu
E. Kutlug Ataman is a Turkish filmmaker and contemporary artist. He lives in Istanbul and London. Ataman's works primarily document the lives of marginalized individuals, examining the ways in which people create and rewrite their identities through self-expression, blurring the line between reality and fiction...
 
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Dervis Zaim
Born in 1964 in Famagusta, North Cyprus, Dervish Zaim graduated from Warwick University. He took a course in independent film production, organized in London by the Hollywood Film Institute. In 1995 his first novel won the prestigious "Yunus Nadi" literary prize in Turkey. Tabutta Rövasata (Somersault in a Coffin) is his debut as director and screenwriter.
 
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Halit Refig
Director, Gurbet Kuslari
Halit Refig, Turkish filmmaker, film critic and theoretician and an intellectual was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1934 to an industrial family. He attended Sisli Terakki High School and briefly attended Robert College Engineering Dept. During his military service he started making documentaries in Japan...
 
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Serif Gören
Director, Yol
 
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Serdar Akar
Director, Gemide
He was born in 1964, in Ankara, Turkey. Graduated from Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy in 1985 and from Cinema & TV department of Mimar Sinan University in 1994. Worked as assistant to several Turkish directors.