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- SEMIH KAPLANOGLU
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Born in Izmir, in Turkey, in 1963, he studied film and television at the Fine Arts Department of Dokuz Eylül University. After working for several years as a copywriter in advertising, he made his debut in film in 2001 with Herkes Kendi Evinde (Away From Home), winner of the “Best Turkish Film of the Year” award at the Istanbul International Film Festival. His second feature-length film Melegin Düsüsü (Angel's Fall), won many international acknowledgments, including the Special Jury Prize at the Ankara International Film Festival, confirming Kaplanoglu as one of the most interesting independent Turkish filmmakers. With Yumurta (Egg, 2007), he opened a trilogy centred on the main character Yusuf, the incarnation of the battle between old and new in Turkish society. After having represented Yusuf as a mature man, in the second chapter Süt (Milk),which participated in the Official Competition of the Venice Film Festival, the director meets his protagonist as a young man. The film that ends the trilogy, Bal (Honey), with Yusuf as a child, won the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin Festival.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE
2008 - Süt (Milk) – In competition (director, screenplay)