Born in 1965 in Turkey, Ümit Ünal is the scriptwriter for eight feature films including Teyzem (My Aunt) (1986), Hayallerim, Askim ve Sen (My Dreams, My Love and You) (1987). ​


His first feature film as a director is 9 (Dokuz, 2001) which won many awards in various film festivals and was the Official Turkish Entry for the 2003 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

He wrote and directed nine feature films including  Istanbul Tales (Anlat İstanbul, 2004),  Ara (2007), Shadowless (Gölgesizler, 2008). The Voice (Ses, 2010), The Pomegranate (Nar, 2011). Serial Cook (Sofra Sırları, 2017). His latest film is Love, Spells and All That (Aşk, Büyü vs) which won many awards including Audience Award in Inside Out TorontoBest Scrrenplay in Outfest LABest Film in Mostra Fire BarcelonaBest Narrative Film in aGliff/ Prism in 2021 and Best Film in Istanbul Film Festival and KAV Foundation The Director of The Year Award in 2020.


He has published five books: A collection of short stories, three novels and an autobiography.

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