Ömer Lütfi Akad
1916 – 2011
Who was Ömer Lütfi Akad?
Ömer Lütfi Akad, was a Turkish film director, who directed movies from 1948 to 1974. In 1949, he debuted as a film director with Vurun Kahpeye an adaptation of Halide Edip Adıvar's book of the same title. He became one of the pioneers of the period in the "Director Generation". The 1970s trilogy, The Bride; The Wedding; and The Sacrifice, is considered his masterpiece. Afterwards, he withdrew from movie making instead directing adaptations for TV.
Ömer Lütfi Akad was born on September 2, 1916. Following his secondary education at French Jeanne d’Arc School and Galatasaray High School, he studied finance at Istanbul Economy and Commerce Higher School. Beside his occupation as financial advisor at Sema Film company, he wrote articles on theatre and cinema. After directing more than 100 movies, Ömer Lütfi Akad taught twenty years at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts.
He died on November 19, 2011 at the age of 95 in Istanbul.
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