He was born in 1964 at the southern Cypriot coastal town of Limasol. He graduated from Bogazici University (Istanbul) with an economics degree and then from Warwick University(UK) with an MA in cultural studies. His debut feature “Tabutta Rovasata” (Somersault In A Coffin), made in 1997, won him international recognition and numerous awards at leading festivals worldwide. This was followed in 2000 by “Filler ve Cimenler” (Elephants and Grass), which achieved similar success at national and international festivals. His third feature, “Camur” (Mud), considers the ethnic problem in Cyprus and won the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. Next came “Cenneti Beklerken” (Waiting for Heaven, 2006), Nokta (Dot, 2008) and “Golgeler ve Suretler” (Shadows and Faces, 2011), a trilogy based on reflection of three traditonal Turkish art forms. In between, he co-directed “Paralel Yolculuklar” (Parallel Trips), a 2003 documentary on the experiences and legacy of the 1974 war in Cyprus, with Cypriot filmmaker, Panicos Chrysanthou. He is also author of the 1992 award-winning novel, Ares in Wonderland. “Devir” (Cycle, 2012) is also forthcoming. After that he continues two feature movies which are “Balık” (Fish, 2014) and “Ruya” (Dream, 2016). Zaim lives in Istanbul and giving lectures over film making at several universities.
She was born in 1964, Adapazarı. In college years, she started to write articles on various literary and cultural magazines. In 1989, she won the Yunus Nadi Story Award and in 2004 she won the Balkanica Prize. She has worked in newspapers and magazines such as Sokak, Güneş, Yeni Yüzyıl. Between 1998- 2004, she was the executive editor of Yapı Kredi Publications. She adapted Sait Faik’ s “Cloud in the Sky” into scenario which was filmed for TRT. She adapted Orhan Kemal’ s novel 72nd Ward to cinema. Her novels and stories have been translated into English, French, Italian, Arabic, Swedish, Bulgarian, Albanian, Hindi, Romanian, and continue to be translated.
He was born in Çanakkale in 1970. After graduating, he started his career as an assistant cinematographer in “The Bandit” by Yavuz Turgul and then continued with films such as “Everything’s Gonna Be Great” (1998), “Trial” (1999), “Elephants and Grass” (2000), “Big Man Little Love” (2001). He started to work as a cinematographer with “Mud” (2002), written and directed by Derviş Zaim and has been the cinematography of many films since then.
Aylin entered the film industry as a director’s assistant. By the age of 19 she had gone on to run one of Turkey’s most commercially successful post-production studio, Autopsy. Following this, she edited and supervised post-production on the American Independent Film “Crude”, which went on to win the Los Angeles Film Festival and a Special Jury prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. Next Aylin found herself beckoned by the academic world, and was invited to teach and lecture at Bahcesehir University, Kadir Has University and Bilgi University. In addition to countless commercials, Aylin has edited a variety of notable feature films, documentaries and art installations. She finally broke her silence in 2014 and released her first EP ‘Mecaz’.