The Best Turkish Directors

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1. 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 ...

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. 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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 -...

8. 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).

9. 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 ...

10. 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 ...

11. Tolga Karaçelik

Director | Kelebekler

Tolga Karacelik (1981,Istanbul) is one of the promising new generation Turkish directors who is known for his own unique style. After receiving law degree in Turkey he studied film in New York City. He had been writing short stories and poetry. I addition to writing and directing five short films ...

14. Pelin Esmer

Director | Gözetleme Kulesi

Pelin Esmer, writer&director of both fiction and documentary films studied sociology and afterwards moved on to cinema. She established her film company Sinefilm and since 2001 she has made her independent films The Collector, The Play, 10 to 11, Watchtower, Something Useful and Queen Lear. A ...

15. 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).

16. Ferzan Ozpetek

Writer | Mine vaganti

Ferzan Ozpetek was born on February 3, 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a writer and assistant director, known for Loose Cannons (2010), Facing Windows (2003) and His Secret Life (2001).

17. Hasan Karacadag

Director | Hummadruz

Hasan Karacadag was born in 1976 in Turkey.After high school he went to GATA medical academy.He left the academy two years later.He won the Gold Award and best film award at the 'JVC Tokyo Video Festival' 2001-2002-2003. At year 2002-2003 he won the 'Bunkacho Director Award of Japanese agency for ...

18. 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. ...

19. 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 (...

20. Lütfi Akad

Director | Dügün

Lütfi Akad was born on September 2, 1916 in Istanbul, Turkey as Ömer Lütfü Akad. He was a director and writer, known for Dügün (1973), Law of the Border (1966) and Vesikali Yarim (1968). He died on November 19, 2011 in Istanbul.

21. Yesim Ustaoglu

Director | Araf

After making several award - winning shorts in Turkey, Yesim Ustaoglu made her feature film debut with 1994's 'The Trace' (Iz). The film was presented at numerous international festivals, including Moscow and Gotenburg and won the Best Film Award at Istanbul Film Festival. Yesim Ustaoglu received ...

22. Natuk Baytan

Director | Kiliç Aslan

Natuk Baytan was born on July 5, 1925 in Manisa, Turkey. He was a director and writer, known for Kiliç Aslan (1975), Soysuzlar (1975) and Namluda üç kursun (1969). He died in November 1986 in Istanbul, Turkey.

23. Memduh Ün

Producer | Namusum için

Memduh Ün was born on March 14, 1920 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire. He was a producer and director, known for Namusum için (1965), Star Hill (1965) and Bire on vardi (1963). He was married to Cahide Sen. He died on October 16, 2015 in Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey.

24. Osman Sinav

Director | Deli Yürek

Frequently casts Kenan Imirzalioglu.

25. 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).

26. Onur Ünlü

Writer | Itirazim Var

Onur Ünlü is a Turkish film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. He was born in Izmit, Turkey in 1973. He studied Communication Arts in Anadolu University. He gained a Master's degree on Communication Studies from Marmara University. He is a poet and a musician at the same time. All of his ...

27. Kaan Müjdeci

Director | Sivas

Kaan Müjdeci is a director and writer, known for Sivas (2014), Tag der Deutschen Einheit (2010) and Kapali Gise: Turkiye'de Tekellesen Film Dagitimi (2016).

28. 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.

29. Selçuk Aydemir

Writer | Isler Güçler

Selçuk Aydemir (June 6, 1982, Istanbul) Turkey screenwriter and director. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. However, the related section in that it is not currently a graduate activities. Works Power are famous for its series. Leyla and Majnun series ...

30. Ömer Faruk Sorak

Director | Vizontele

He was born on 27 April 1964 in Ankara, graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Communication. His professional career started in TRT between years 1987 - 1990 as assistant cameraman and 1990 - 1995 as a cameraman. From 1995 on, he has worked as DOP and Director. He has directed numerous ...



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