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Yilmaz Arslan was born in Kazanll, Turkey, but has lived in Germany since 1975. In 1992, at the age of just 24, he made his debut film, Langer Gang, for which he subsequently won many awards. By his second film, Yara (1999) (Filmclub Award at the 1999 Max Ophüls Festival), he was simultaneously carrying out the roles of director, writer and producer. The same is true of his 2005 film Fratricide (Silver Leopard at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival) coproduced by Tarantula Luxembourg and sold in 26 countries. Besides his activities of producer, screenwriter and director, he teaches cinema at Goethe Institut network in Europe and he’s part of the selection committee of the Medien-und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG). In 2016, he created a new production company: Maxma Film.
- 1992 : Langer Gang
- 1999 : Yara
- 2002 : Angst isst Seele auf (short film)
- 2005 : Fratricide
- 2017 : RAQS
LANGER GANG Long feature film - written, directed and coproduced by Yilmaz Arslan / 80 min / 1992 Festivals : • San Sebastian – Best new director award • Bergamo Internationles Filmfestival, Silberne Rose • New York, Festival New Directors-New Films • International Filmfestival Hong-Kong
YARA Long feature film - written and directed by Yilmaz Arslan / 96 min / 1998 Festivals : • Official selection at the 55th Venize International Film Festival • Mar del Plata – Prize for Best Female Lead • Antalya International Film Festival – Proze for Best Film • Istanbul International Film Festival - Prize for Best Female Lead • Saarbrücken Max Ophüls Film Festival – Special Jury Prize
FRATRICIDE Long feature film written and directed by Yilmaz Arslan / 96 min / 2005 Festivals : • LOCARNO 2005: Winner of Silver Leopard Award // Winner of Ecumenical Jury Award // Special Mention for a young actor XEVAT GECTAN for his outstanding performance • Hambourg Filmfest 2005 • Rabat International Film Festival: Prize for Best actor : Azad Celik • MEDIAVISION 2005 : Grand Prix ARTE MARE • Mamers en Mars : Best European Feature Film • Berlin, 2006 • NAT FF, DENMARK 2006 • Festival del Cinema Europeo in Lecce 2006 • BERGEN 2006
- "Yilmaz Arslan". Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF e.V., Frankfurt am Main (in German). Retrieved 26 April 2010.