turkish directorsby 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 ...
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. ...
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 Exorcise (2000). He died on November 30, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.
10. Metin Erksan
Director | Kuyu
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. ...
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 | Av Mevsimi
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 | Aus dem Nichts
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 -...
19. Halit Refig
Director | Hanim
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 ...
21. Tunç Basaran
Director | Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar
Tunç Basaran was born on October 1, 1938 in Istanbul, Turkey. He was a director and writer, known for Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989), Biri ve Digerleri (1988) and Sen de gitme (1995). He was married to Füsun Önal. He died on December 18, 2019 in Turkey.
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), Kesanli Ali's Epic (1964) and Deli Yusuf (1975). He was married to Deniz Türkali, Nurhan Nur and Ayse Sasa. He died on May 5, 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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 ...