Semih Kaplanoğlu

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Semih Kaplanoğlu
Semih Kaplanoğlu (Berlin Film Festival 2010).jpg
Born 1963 (age 52–53)
İzmir, Turkey
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, film producer, columnist
Nationality Turkish
Education Cinema and television
Alma mater Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir
Notable awards Antalya Golden Orange Award for Best SCreenplay,
Bangkok World Film Prize for Best Director,
Valdivia International Film Prize for Best Director,
Singapore Silver Screen Award for Best Director
Spouse Leyla İpekçi

Semih Kaplanoğlu (born 1963) is a Turkish playwright, film director and producer.

Life and career[edit]

Kaplanoğlu was born in İzmir, Turkey.[1] He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dokuz Eylül University with a degree in Cinema and Television. In 1984, Kaplanoğlu moved to Istanbul and worked for a couple of years as a copywriter for advertising companies like Güzel Sanatlar Saatchi & Saatchi and Young & Rubicam.[1]

He switched over to cinema in 1986 to become an assistant cameraman for two award-winning documentary films. In 1994 Kaplanoğlu wrote the script and directed a television series Şehnaz Tango with 52 episodes which was aired on TV channels Show TV and InterStar and became successful.[1]

Besides his main pursuits in cinema, Semih Kaplanoğlu wrote articles between 1987 and 2003 on plastic arts and cinema which were published on arts periodicals and translated into foreign languages. In the years from 1996 through 2000, he had a column named "Karşılaşmalar" in the daily newspaper Radikal.[2]

The first film he directed Herkes Kendi Evinde (Away From Home, 2001) won many awards participating in international film festivals. Kaplanoğlu's second feature film Meleğin Düşüşü (Angel's Fall) premiered at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival and found wide interest by international film critics and audience.

He founded his own film production company Kaplan Film. Its first feature film Egg in 2007 was a co-production with Greece. Then Süt (Milk) was released in 2008 and Bal (Honey) was produced in 2010. The three films Egg, Milk and Honey form a trilogy called Yusuf Üçlemesi (Yusuf's Trilogy), named after the main character Yusuf in the films.

His 2007 film Yumurta (Egg) brought many international awards for best film, best director, best screenplay [1] and Bal won the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival [1][3]


Kaplanoğlu is married to journalist, author and screenwriter Leyla İpekçi, who is a niece of the assassinated notable journalist Abdi İpekçi.[4]


Year Film as Director as Screenwriter as Producer as Editor
Şehnaz Tango (TV series) Green tickY Green tickY
2001 Herkes Kendi Evinde (Away From Home) Green tickY
2005 Meleğin Düşüşü (aka Greek: Ekptotos angelos) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2007 Yumurta (Egg) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2008 Süt (Milk) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2010 Bal (Honey) Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2015 Grain Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY



  1. ^ a b c d e "Bala Altın Ayı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  2. ^ İpekçi, Leyla (2007-11-03). "En yakın şahidi iki göz 'Yumurta'yı anlatıyor". Radikal (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Berlin festival unveils full lineup". Archived from the original on February 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Bir Evden İki Kitap". Sabah (in Turkish). 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

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Preceded by
Önder Çakar
Golden Orange Award
for Best Screenplay

2007 for Yumurta
shared with Orçun Köksal
Succeeded by
Ben Hopkins