Zeynep Özbatur Atakan is a film producer whose recent credits include the award-winning Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), Three Monkeys (2008) and Climates (2002), all directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. She graduated from Marmara University Department of Cinema and Television in 1991. Ms Özbatur Atakan has been working in film and commercial production since 1986. In 1994, she became one of the founding members of CO Productions, which produced numerous commercials. She recently founded her own production company, Zeyno Film, which is also involved in training young professionals in the Turkish cinema industry. Ms Özbatur Atakan won the 2011 APSA Jury Grand Prize for Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and is a member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.

Accolades

Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Fabienne Vonier and Valerio De Paolis and Cemal Noyan
Best Feature Film, 2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

Best Feature Film, 2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies, battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth. In order to…

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Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan
Jury Grand Prize, 2011

Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan

Jury Grand Prize, 2011

Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Winner, Jury Grand Prize, 2011 Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new…

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Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan and Mirsad Purivatra and Eda Arikan and Ibrahim Şahin and Müge Kolat and Murat Akdilek and Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Best Feature Film, 2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Best Feature Film, 2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new and different” will spring up…

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Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan and Alexandre Mallet-Guy and Mustafa Dok and Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Best Feature Film, 2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Best Feature Film, 2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Set in remote Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a half-empty small village in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin,…

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Films

It Must Be Heaven
2019

It Must Be Heaven

Palestine, Qatar, Turkey, Canada, France, Germany
2019

It Must Be Heaven

Told through the director’s alter ego, Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman (ES) escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland. On his travels, however, he finds parallels…

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Three Monkeys
2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

Turkey, France, Italy
2008

Three Monkeys (Us Maymun)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2008 A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies, battles against the odds to stay together by covering…

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2011

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Winner, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Directing, Jury Grand Prize, 2011 Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes:…

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Winter Sleep
2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Turkey, France, Germany
2014

Winter Sleep (Kiş Uykusu)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2014 Set in remote Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a half-empty small village in the wintry off-season. The film…

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