Born in Izmir in 1963, Semih Kaplanoglu studied film at Dokuz Eylül University. He was noticed for his first feature Away from Home (2001). Angel’s Fall won awards in several countries after being premiered at Forum, Berlinale 2005. He went on to direct The Yusuf Trilogy: in 2007, Egg (Yumurta) was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and subsequently garnered over thirty prizes internationally; Milk (Süt) – Atelier of the Cinéfondation 2007 – was selected in competition at the 2008 Venice festival; and in 2010 Honey (Bal) took the Golden Bear in Berlin. More recently, Kaplanoglu coproduced Aida Begic’s film, Children of Sarajevo (Djeca), which was awarded a Special Mention at Un Certain Regard in 2012. He has also written numerous articles on art and film for almost two decades.