Mehmet Tanrısever

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Mehmet Tanrısever
Born (1953-01-01) January 1, 1953 (age 65)
Konya, Turkey
Occupation Filmmaker/businessman
Years active 1989–present

Mehmet Tanrısever (born 1953 in Konya, Turkey) is a Turkish filmmaker and businessman, who is best known as the founder of Feza Film, which produced his films Abdullah from Minye (1989), The Exile (1992) and Free Man (2011).[1]

Originally an industrialist by profession, Mehmet Tanrısever became a producer in 1989 with the establishment of Feza Film, stating that, "I first started filmmaking because I wanted to express an idea." When Abdullah from Minye (1989), the first film he produced, broke box-office records, he was compelled to make the move into directing. The Exile (1992), his debut as director, won 'Second Best Film' at the 45th International Salerno Film Festival and the 11th Tashkent International Film Festival, where he also won the Silver Phoenix and 'Best Debut Director' awards.

Following this he took a break from filmmaking, stating that, "My industrial life was kind of hectic, but I was never detached from movies. There was always this gnawing feeling inside of me." "After seeing movies with audiences of 3 to 4 million in recent years, I started getting upset with myself, wondering why conservative people can’t make good movies. So, I liquidated my business and spent time making movies." He returned to the screens as co-writer, producer and director of Free Man (2011).

He is married with 3 children.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1989 Abdullah from Minye (Turkish: Minyeli Abdullah) Yes
1992 The Exile (Turkish: Sürgün) Yes Yes Yes
2011 Free Man (Turkish: Hür Adam) Yes Yes Yes


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