turkish directors

by pirengur | created - 28 Mar 2017 | updated - 28 Mar 2017 | Public

1. 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 (1982), the festival's grand prize winner. Born in 1937 in ...

2. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...

3. Zeki Demirkubuz

Director | Masumiyet

Zeki Demirkubuz was born on October 1, 1964 in Isparta, Turkey. He is a director and writer, known for Innocence (1997), The Confession: Tales About Darkness II (2002) and Block C (1994). He is married to Nurhayat Kavrak. They have one child.

4. Çagan Irmak

Director | Babam ve Oglum

Çagan Irmak was born on April 4, 1970 in Izmir, Turkey. He is a director and writer, known for My Father and My Son (2005), Alone (2008) and The Messenger (2008).

5. Serif Gören

Director | Yol

Serif Gören was born on October 14, 1944 in Ksanthi, Greece. He is a director and writer, known for Yol (1982), Derman (1983) and Endise (1974).

6. Dervis Zaim

Director | Filler ve Çimen

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 (...

8. Ahmet Uluçay

Director | Karpuz Kabugundan Gemiler Yapmak

Ahmet Uluçay was born on December 2, 1954 in Kütahya, Turkey. He was a director and writer, known for Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds (2004), Minyatür Kosmos'da Rüya (1995) and Koltuk Degneklerinden Kanat Yapmak (1993). He died on November 30, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.

9. Ömer Kavur

Director | Akrebin yolculugu

Studied cinema in Paris. As such, is considered to be the most western or Europian of the Turkish directors born in the 1940s.

10. Metin Erksan

Director | Susuz Yaz

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 ...

11. Reha Erdem

Director | Jîn

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 ...

12. Yilmaz Erdogan

Actor | The Water Diviner

He spent his childhood in Ankara until he moved to Istanbul along with his family. His family is of Kurdish origin. In 1987, he dropped out of his civil engineering studies at Istanbul Technical University and joined the On Duty Theater Staff (Turkish: Nöbetçi Tiyatrosu) managed by Ferhan Sensoy. ...

13. Semih Kaplanoglu

Producer | Bugday

Semih Kaplanoglu was born in 1963 in Izmir, Turkey. He is a producer and director, known for Grain (2017), Honey (2010) and Egg (2007). He is married to Leyla Ipekçi.

14. Ugur Yücel

Director | Yazi Tura

Ugur Yücel studied acting at the Istanbul conservatory and launched a career of one-man shows in 1977. Six years later, he began acting in feature films, and he made his own directorial debut with a short film in 1987. He projected it in silence on a big screen and accompanied it himself with ...

15. Cem Yilmaz

Actor | G.O.R.A.

While studying at the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management of Bogazici University, he started drawing comics for the Turkish humor magazine Leman. In August 1995 he did his first stand-up comedy show in "Leman Culture Center" performing with no serious career intentions as a comedian. However...

16. Ezel Akay

Actor | Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü?

Ezel Akay was born in 1961. He studied engineering at Bosphorus University, and theatre arts at Villanova University. He took part in many theatre productions as an actor and director before entering film production as a founding partner of IFR, where he was the director of more than 400 ...

17. Fatih Akin

Director | Gegen die Wand

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin -...

18. Tunç Okan

Actor | Otobüs

Tunç Okan was born on August 18, 1942 in Istanbul, Turkey as Tunç Kulen. He is an actor and writer, known for The Bus (1975), The Yellow Mercedes (1993) and Drôle de samedi (1985).

19. 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 ...

20. Kartal Tibet

Director | Sabaniye

Kartal Tibet was born on March 27, 1938 in Ankara, Turkey. He is an actor and director, known for Sabaniye (1984), Deli Deli Küpeli (1986) and Davaro: Son Eskiya (1981).

21. Tunç Basaran

Director | Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar

Tunç Basaran was born on October 1, 1938 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a director and writer, known for Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989), Biri ve Digerleri (1988) and Piano Piano Kid (1991).

22. Atif Yilmaz

Director | Bir Yudum Sevgi

Atif Yilmaz was born on December 9, 1925 in Mersin, Turkey as Atif Yilmaz Batibeki. He was a director and writer, known for Bir Yudum Sevgi (1984), The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977) and Dul bir kadin (1985). He was married to Deniz Türkali, Nurhan Nur and Ayse Sasa. He died on May 5, 2006 in ...

23. Yavuz Turgul

Writer | Eskiya

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 ...

24. Orhan Aksoy

Director | Hayat mi Bu?

Orhan Aksoy was born on January 10, 1930 in Mustafakemalpasa, Bursa, Turkey. He was a director and writer, known for Hayat mi Bu? (1972), The Soft Flesh (1994) and Kinali Yapincak (1969). He died on January 22, 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey.



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