Atıf Yılmaz

Atıf Yılmaz (December 25, 1925May 5, 2006) 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.

Early life

Atıf Yılmaz was born on December 25, 1925 in Mersin, Turkey. His full name was "Atıf Yılmaz Batıbeki". After finishing the high school in Mersin, he attended the Law School of Istanbul University. Because of his interest in arts, he dropped out the Law School and entered the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul. After graduating from the Academy, he did some painting works in workshops. His education of painting helped him directing his movies as he remarked lately.

In his private life, he got married three times. His first wife was actress Nurhan Nur. After divorcing his second wife, the playwright Ayşe Şasa, he made his last marriage with Deniz Türkali, daughter of Vedat Türkali, a Turkish novelist, film script writer and film director. Atıf Yılmaz has a daughter, Kezban Arca (Batıbeki) from his first marriage.

Film career

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 Loose 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"), "Baskin" ("The Raid"), "Adak" ("The Sacrifice"), "Bir Yudum Sevgi" ("A Sip of Love"), "Adı Vasfiye" ("Her Name is Vasfiye"), "Berdel, Düş Gezginleri" ("Walking After Midnight"), "Eylül Fırtınası" ("After the Fall") and "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.

Filmography

Director

* "Kanlı Feryad" ("The Bloody Cry") - 1951
* "Mezarımı Taştan Oyun" - 1951
* "İki Kafadar Deliler Pansiyonunda" - 1952
* "Aşk Izdırabtır" - 1953
* "Hıçkırık" ("The Sob") - 1953
* "Şimal Yıldızı" ("The North Star") - 1954
* "Kadın Severse" ("If a Woman Loves") - 1955
* "Dağları Bekleyen Kız" ("The Girl Who Watched the Mountains") - 1955
* "İlk Ve Son" ("The First and the Last") - 1955
* "Beş Hasta Var" ("There Are Five Patients") - 1956
* "Gelinin Muradı" - 1957
* "Bir Şoförün Gizli Defteri" - 1958
* "Yaşamak Hakkımdır" - 1958
* "Kumpanya" - 1958
* "Karacaoğlan'ın Kara Sevdası" - 1959
* "Bu Vatanın Çocukları" (T"his Land's Children") - 1959
* "Ala Geyik" ("The Fallow Deer") - 1959
* "Ayşecik Şeytan Çekici" ("Aysecik: Bright Kid") - 1960
* "Suçlu" ("The Guilty One") - 1960
* "Dolandırıcılar Şahı" ("The King of Swindlers") - 1960
* "Ölüm Perdesi" ("The Death Curtain") - 1960
* Seni Kaybedersem ("If I Lose You") - 1961
* "Tatlı Bela" ("The Sweet Calamity") - 1961
* "Kızıl Vazo" ("The Red Vase") - 1961
* "Allah Cezanı Versin Osman Bey" - 1961
* "Battı Balık" - 1962
* "Beş Kardeştiler" - 1962
* "Bir Gecelik Gelin" - 1962
* "Cengiz Han'ın Hazineleri" ("Treasures of Genghis Khan") - 1962
* "İki Gemi Yanyana" ("Two Ships, Side by Side") - 1963
* "Azrailin Habercisi" ("The Messenger of Death") - 1963
* "Yarın Bizimdir" - 1963
* "Kalbe Vuran Düşman" - 1964
* "Keşanlı Ali Destanı" ("Kesanli Ali's Epic") - 1964
* "Erkek Ali" - 1964
* "Sayılı Dakikalar" - 1965
* "Hep O Şarkı" - 1965
* "Taçsız Kral" ("The Crownless King") - 1965
* "Murat'ın Türküsü" - 1965
* "Sevgilim Bir Artistti" - 1966
* "Toprağın Kanı" ("The Blood of the Earth") - 1966
* "Ah Güzel İstanbul" ("Oh Beautiful Istanbul") - 1966
* "Ölüm Tarlası" ("The Death Field") - 1966]
* "Pembe Kadın" - 1966
* "Harun Reşid'ın Gözdesi" - 1967
* "Balatlı Arif" - 1967
* "Kozanoğlu" - 1967
* "Yasemin'ın Tatlı Aşkı" - 1968
* Cemile - 1968
* "Köroğlu" - 1968
* "Kızıl Vazo" - 1969
* "Kölen Olayım" - 1969
* "Menekşe Gözler" - 1969
* "Aşktan da Üstün" - 1970
* "Zeyno" - 1970
* "Kara Gözlüm" - 1970

* "Darıldın Mı Cicim Bana" - 1970
* "Battal Gazi Destanı" - 1971
* "Ateş Parçası" - 1971
* "Güllü" - 1971
* "Unutulan Kadın" - 1971
* "Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz" - 1971
* "Cemo" - 1972
* "Utanç" ("Shame") - 1972
* "Köle" - 1972
* "Zulüm" - 1972
* "Gelinlik Kızlar" - 1972
* "Günahsızlar" - 1972
* "Kambur" - 973
* "Güllü Geliyor Güllü" - 1973
* "Mevlana" - 1973
* "Zavallılar" ("The Poor People" or"The Suffering Ones") - 1974
* "Kuma" - 1974
* "Salako" - 1974
* "İşte Hayat" - 1975
* "Çapkın Hırsız" - 1975
* "Deli Yusuf" - 1975
* "Hasip İle Nasip" - 1976
* "Baş Belası" - 1976
* "Tuzak" - 1976
* "Mağlup Edilemeyenler" - 1976
* "Baskın" ("The Raid") - 1977
* "Yangın" - 1977
* "Selvi Boylum, Al Yazmalım" ("My Girl with the Red Scarf") - 1977
* "Acı Hatıralar" - 1977
* "Güllüşah İle İbo" - 1977
* "Seyahatname" - 1977
* "Kibar Feyzo" - 1978]
* "Minik Serçe" ("The Little Sparrow") - 1978
* "Köşeyi Dönen Adam" - 1978
* "İnsan Avcısı" ("Heart of a Father") - 1979
* "Adak" ("The Sacrifice") - 1979
* "N'Olacak Şimdi" - 1979
* "Talihli Amele" - 1980
* "Deli Kan" - 1981
* "Dolap Beygiri" - 1982
* "Mine" - 1982
* "Seni Seviyorum" - 1983
* "Şekerpare" - 1983
* "Bir Yudum Sevgi" ("A Sip of Love") - 1984
* "Dağınık Yatak" - 1984
* "Adı Vasfiye" ("Her Name is Vasfiye") - 1985
* "Dul Bir Kadın" - 1985
* "Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur" - 1986
* ("The Windmill") - 1986
* "Aaahh Belinda" - 1986
* "Kadının Adı Yok" - 1987
* "Hayallerim, Aşkım Ve Sen" - 1987
* "Arkadaşım Şeytan" ("Devil, My Friend") - 1988
* "Ölü Bir Deniz" - 1989
* "Berdel" - 1990
* "Bekle Dedim Gölgeye" - 1990
* "Safiyedir Kızın Adı" - 1991
* "Düş Gezginleri" ("Walking After Midnight") - 1992
* "Tatlı Betüş" - 1993
* "Gece, Melek Ve Bizim Çocuklar" - 1993
* "Yer Çekimli Aşklar" - 1995
* "Nihavend Mucize" - 1997
* "Eylül Fırtınası" ("After the Fall") - 1999
* "Eğreti Gelin" - 2004

Producer

* "Dolandırıcılar Şahı" ("The King of Swindlers") - 1960
* "Seni Kaybedersem" ("If I Loose You") - 1961
* "Allah Cezanı Versin Osman Bey" - 1961
* "Cengiz Han'ın Hazineleri" ("Treasures of Genghis Khan") - 1962
* "Azrailin Habercisi" ("The Messenger of Death") - 1963]
* "Yarın Bizimdir" - 1963
* "Toprağın Kanı" ("The Blood of the Earth") - 1966
* "Maden" - 1978
* "Minik Serçe" - 1978
* "Adak" - 1979
* "Talihli Amele" - 1980

* "Deli Kan" - 1981
* "Göl" - 1982
* "Mine" - 1982
* "Seni Seviyorum" - 1983
* "Bir Yudum Sevgi" - 1984
* "Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur" - 1986
* "Ölü Bir Deniz" - 1989
* "İçimizden Biri: Yunus Emre" (TV) - 1989
* "Safiyedir Kızın Adı" - 1991
* "Düş Gezginleri" - 1992
* "Mozaik" - 1992
* "Gece, Melek Ve Bizim Çocuklar" - 1993
* "Nihavend Mucize" - 1997
* "Eylül Fırtınası" ("After the Fall") - 1999
* "Sıdıka" - 2000
* "Şıh Senem" - 2003

Screenwriter

* "Kanlı Feryad" - 1951
* "İki Kafadar Deliler Pansiyonunda" - 1952
* "Aşk Izdırabtır" - 1953
* "Hıçkırık" - 1953
* "Dağları Bekleyen Kız" - 1955
* "İlk Ve Son" - 1955
* "Kadın Severse" - 1955
* "Beş Hasta Var" - 1956
* "Gelinin Muradı" - 1957
* "Bir Şoförün Gizli Defteri" - 1958
* "Çoban Kızı" - 1958
* "Kumpanya" - 1958
* "Yaşamak Hakkımdır" - 1958
* "Üç Arkadaş" - 1958
* "Bu Vatanın Çocukları" - 1959]
* "Ala Geyik" - 1959
* "Karacaoğlan'ın Kara Sevdası" - 1959
* "Şoför Nebahat" - 1960
* "Ateşten Damla" - 1960]
* "Suçlu" - 1960
* "Seni Kaybedersem" - 1961
* "Yaban Gülü" - 1961
* "İki Gemi Yanyana" - 1963
* "Öp Annemin Elini" - 1964
* "Keşanlı Ali Destanı" - 1964
* "Murat'ın Türküsü" - 1965

* "Yasemin'ın Tatlı Aşkı" - 1968
* "Kızıl Vazo" - 1969
* "Ateş Parçası" - 1971
* "Battal Gazi Destanı" - 1971
* "Zavallılar" - 1974
* "Kuma" - 1974
* "Deli Yusuf" - 1975
* "Mağlup Edilemeyenler" - 1976
* "Güllüşah İle İbo" - 1977
* "Minik Serçe" - 1978
* "N'Olacak Şimdi" - 1979
* "Zübük" - 1980
* "Deli Kan" - 1981
* "Mine" - 1982
* "Dolap Beygiri" - 1982
* "Bir Yudum Sevgi" - 1984
* "Dul Bir Kadın" - 1985
* "Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur" - 1986
* "Kadının Adı Yok" - 1987
* "Arkadaşım Şeytan" - 1988
* "Ölü Bir Deniz" - 1989
* "Berdel" - 1990
* "Safiyedir Kızın Adı" - 1991
* "Düş Gezginleri" - 1992
* "Tatlı Betüş" - 1993
* "Eğreti Gelin" - 2004

Awards

Prizes

* Society of Journalists Turkish Film Festival, 1959, "This Land's Children", Best Director
* 2nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1965, "Kesanli Ali's Epic", Best Director
* 2nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1965, "Kesanli Ali's Epic", Runner-Up Film
* 9th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1972, "Zulüm", Best Director
* 13th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1976, "Deli Yusuf", Best Director
* 15th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1978, "My Girl with the Red Scarf", Best Director
* 21st Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1984, "A Sip of Love", Best Director
* Istanbul International Film Festival, 1985, "A Sip of Love", Best Turkish Film of the Year
* Istanbul International Film Festival, 1986, "Her Name is Vasfiye", Best Turkish Film of the Year
* 23rd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1986, "Ah! Belinda", Best Director
* 10th Istanbul International Film Festival, 1991, Honorary Award
* Valencia Film Festival, 1991, "Berdel", Best Film Golden Palm
* 6th Adana Altın Koza Film Festival, 1992, "Berdel", Runner-Up Film
* 33rd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 1996, Honour of Lifetime Award

Honorary doctorate

* 1991 Hacettepe University

Books

* "Söylemek Güzeldir", Afa Yayınları, May 1995
* "Bir Sinemacının Anıları", Doğan Kitapçılık, January 2002

External links

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* [http://www.sabanciuniv.edu/do/eng/PodCast/files/podcast24.mp3 Sabancı University School of Languages Podcasts - Farewell to a filmmaker: Atıf Yılmaz]
* [http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=43184 Turkish Daily News - Farewell to Master of the Masters]


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