Kutlug Ataman studied at UCLA Film School. The Serpent’s Tale (1994), his debut feature, is a stylised vampire story, bringing Ataman rapid acclaim, and many awards.

Lola+Bilidikid (1998), a gay melodrama in Berlin’s Turkish underworld, opened the Panorama section at the 49th Berlinale, won its Jury Special Award and other Festival prizes.

2 Girls (2005), a rebellious youth drama, confirmed him as a leading Turkish filmmaker. It won Best Director and Best Film at the Ankara and Antalya Festivals, and Best Film at India’s Asian Film Festival.

Journey to the Moon (2009), a mockumentary about a Turkish village travelling to the moon, screened at the Moscow, London and Istanbul Festivals. Top international museums showed its installation version.

Ataman’s The Lamb (2015) is about a boy who believes his father will slaughter him. It premiered at the Berlinale, received the CICAE Prize there, and six awards at the Antalya Film Festival and four awards at the Seminci, Valladolid.

Ataman was Chair of the Jury at the Istanbul International Film Festival in April 2009. Ataman also has an art career which has run in parallel with his career as a film-maker. In 1997 he was invited to take part in the Istanbul Biennial with the long, documentary-style work “semiha b. unplugged”. He was nominated for the 2004 Turner Prize, won the Carnegie Prize in the same year and the Capital Abraaj Prize in 2009.


The Serpent’s Tale (1994)

Lola+Bilidikid (1998)

2 Girls (2005)

Journey to the Moon (2009)

The Lamb (2015)