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Zeki Okten (1941-2009)
Zeki Ökten (name in native language)
 
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Assistant Director, Editor
 
Country: Turkey
Born: 4 August 1941
Died: 19 December 2009
 
 
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Zeki Okten was born in Instabul on August 4, 1941. He started working as a filmmaker in 1961 as the assistant of Nisan Hancer, directing Aci Zeytin. Zeki Okten directed his first film Olum Pazarı two years later in 1963. Recognition came with his films Kadın Yapar (1972) and Bir Demet Menekse (1973), written by Selim Ileri. He was honored at the Golden Orange Film Festival in 1977 for directing the film Kapıcılar Kralı. 
The films Suru (1978) and Dusman (1979), both written by Yılmaz Güney, brought Zeki Okten real success. Dusman won an Honourable Mention at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival in 1980.The film Suru received nine more international awards, following the honors at the festivals in Locarno 1979 and at Antwerp in 1980. Zeki Okten received his second Golden Orange award in 1983 for directing the film Faize Hucum. His 1984 film Pehlivan won an Honourable Mention at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival. The themes of his films were social problems featured in comedy.
Zeki Okten died in 2009. He was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery following a religious funeral ceremony, held at the Tesvikiye Mosque.
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The Herd (1979)
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The Enemy (1979)
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Oh Beautiful Istanbul (1966)
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