Atif Ilmaz, who directed films such as “Selvi Bylum Al Yazmalim”, “Kibar Feizo” and “Salako”, is commemorated on his 16th death anniversary. Director, producer and screenwriter, whose full name is Atif Ilmaz Batibeki, was born on 9 December 1925 in Mersin and completed his primary and secondary education in the province.
The master director, who was nicknamed “Residence” during his high school years, explained the reason. “I was in my second year at Mersin Secondary School. I don’t remember who saw it now. I was nicknamed ‘Director’. There was probably another Yılmaz in the class. It must have set him apart. But I still ask myself why.” Is he the director? “ Explained in his words.
Atif Ilmaz, who graduated from the Istanbul University Faculty of Law, later took painting lessons from the painter Nuri Ayem at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Yılmaz joined the Attic Painters Group in 1947 and wrote articles on theater and cinema in the magazine Beş Sanat.
He started his film career with “Allah Karim”
Atif Ilmaz, who made his film debut in 1950 as an assistant to director Semih Evin’s film “Allah Karim”, wrote the screenplay for Hussein Paider’s 1951 film “My Cemetery Tatan Oun”. That same year, Ilmaz began directing his first film, “Bloody Complaints.”
Yılmaz shot the movie “Hickup” in 1953, based on the work of Kerime Nadir. The success of the film has led to a series of so-called “market novels” being adapted into one movie after another.
Since then, Ilmaz has directed Oguz Ojdes’s “Love Is Painful”, Esat Mahmoud Karakurt’s “Women Loves”, “The Girl Waiting for the Mountains”, “First and Last” and Etham Ezet Benis’s “There Are Five Patients”. 1959. He was selected “Most Successful Director” at the Turkish Film Festival by the Journalists’ Association for his film “Children of the Vatanin” shot in Istanbul.
The master director, who began production with Orhan Günşıray in 1960 by founding the Yerley Film Company, directed a number of films considered a classic of Turkish cinema, with films written by Aye Sasa in the second half of the 1960s.
“Since the visual arts will never end, screening areas will probably change.”
The master director, who was successful in films on sociological and social issues, especially village and animal life, wrote the script for his film himself.
In the program in which he evaluated the development of Turkish cinema, Atif Ilmaz stressed that Turkish cinema is under investigation and said:
“It was very easy in my time to be a filmmaker. Because there was a lot of demand for movies. 150-200 films were shot in a year. Everything has changed. Today, the filmmakers say, “There is a search today, I don’t know what will be the end of this search. Since the visual arts will never end, maybe the venues will change, but I think it will live on forever. “
In the same interview, Yılmaz mentioned that cinema is the most important art form that a country can promote. “Cinema is the most suitable branch of art for the promotion of Turkey in the outside world. When the republic was established, a Westernization movement started. Attempts were made to elevate Western bourgeois industries. The state supported opera, ballet, theater. And orchestras were not taken seriously. Power was not noticed. “ Evaluated.
Her last picture was “Picture Bride” in 2004.
Atif Ilmaz’s 1972 film “Cruel” won the “Best Film”, “Best Director” and “Best Cinematography” awards at the 9th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
Yılmaz, who was the director of the 1977 Turkish movie classic “Selvi Boylum El Yazmalım”, made a film in which female protagonists appeared in the 1980’s. Through these films, he won the “Best Film” award for 3 consecutive years at the Golden Orange Film Festival between 1984-1986.
Yılmaz, who co-founded ADAF with Om Kavur and Yavuz Ozkan in 1980 after the closure of Yলিrl ফিল Film, opened the Yিলlmazsm Filmsilic Production House under his own name after the company broke up.
Considered a movie legend, Yılmaz has also worked for some time as a lecturer in the cinema-TV department at Mimar Sinan University. Yılmaz directed more than 110 films during his active career and his last film was “Make Up Bride” in 2004.
Atif Ilmaz, who was awarded “Honorary Doctorate in Arts” by Hastep University in 1991, was awarded “Honorary Award” in 1996 at the 33rd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
The funeral of the master director, who died of stomach cancer in Istanbul on May 5, 2006, was buried in the Ginsirlikyu Cemetery.