Atif Yilmaz, Turkish film director, dead at 81

PARIS - French cinema authorities are deeply saddened by demise of famous Turkish film director Atif Yilmaz.

Executives of Cinema Odyssee, located in Strasbourg, released a statement on Saturday, underlining that Yilmaz was also a well-known director in France.

It noted that Yilmaz`s movies always fascinated French movie fans, adding that his demise was also a great loss to French people.

During his career, Yilmaz directed more than 100 films and was a major influence and help to several other well-known directors in Turkish cinema, such as Zeki Okten, Yilmaz Guney, Serif Goren, Ali Ozgenturk, and Halit Refig.

Yilmaz was born in 1926 in the southern Turkish city of Mersin. He later attended Istanbul University School of Law and also studied drawing at the Fine Arts Academy.

Atif Yilmaz Batibeki (December 9, 1925 – May 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.

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