Mennan Yapo

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Mennan Yapo
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer, actor.
Years active1996 - present
AwardsCognac Festival du Film Policier
Special Jury Prize
2004 Lautlos

Mennan Yapo (born 1966) is a German director, screenwriter, producer and actor.

Born in Munich to Turkish parents, Yapo has been in the film business since 1988, at first working in various assistant jobs and as a publicist.

From 1995, Yapo has worked as a screenwriter and producer, as well as a supporting actor (in Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book, 1996, and Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye Lenin!, 2003).

1999 marks Yapo's first outing as a director. His directing debut, the short subject Framed, was nominated for the Deutscher Filmpreis and shown at numerous international festivals.

In 2002, Yapo started working on his first full-length directing work, the thriller Soundless. A German box-office success in 2004, it also won international critical acclaim.

Yapo's Hollywood directing debut, the drama film Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock, was released to cinemas in March 2007 and grossed 85m$ worldwide.


  • 2012: The Ambassador
  • 2011: Gunslinger - director
  • 2007: Premonition - director
  • 2004: Soundless - director
  • 2003: Good bye, Lenin! - walk-on role
  • 2001: Birthday - producer
  • 1999: Framed - director
  • 1996: The Pillow Book - walk-on role
  • 1996: After Hours - producer

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