Cinema director, scenarist (B. 9 December 1926, Mersin – D. 6 May 2006, Istanbul). He completed his high school education in Mersin. Lise öğrenimini Mersin’de tamamladı. Atıf Yılmaz married actress Nurhan Nur and scenarist Ayşe Şasa but divorced, his third wife is the actress Deniz Türkali, daughter of Vedat Türkali. He started his studies in Istanbul University Faculty of Law but quit it incomplete and graduated from Fine Arts Academy Department of Painting. He worked on paintings with Painter Nuri İyem. He joined Tavanarası Ressamlar Topluluğu (Loft Painters Association) (1947). Within the same year he started to write articles on cinema in Beş Sanat journal. He worked as a movie critic, painter and scenarist for a while. Together with Painter Nuri Abaç, he drew movie posters. After working as vice director in two movies he started his director’s career with his first movie in 1951 titled “Kanlı Feryat”. After that date, he directed more than hundred movies. He contributed to the raise of famous directors such as Zeki Ökten, Yılmaz Güney, Şerif Gören, Ali Özgentürk and Halit Refiğ.
His movies received numerous awards in national and international festivals. Atıf Yılmaz was one of the first owners of Life-Time Honorary Award in the 33rd Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival and he was granted Honorary PhD in Arts by Hacettepe University in 1991. He narrated his memories in his book Bir Sinemacının Anıları (1991). After he passed away he was inhumed to Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.
Mezarımı Taştan Oyun (1951), Hıçkırık (1953), Kadın Severse (1955), Ala Geyik (1959), Suçlu (1960), Dolandırıcılar Şahı (1960), Keşanlı Ali Destanı (1964), Ah Güzel İstanbul (1966), Ölüm Tarlası (1966), Kozanoğlu (1967), Cemile (1968), Köroğlu (1968), Aşktan da Üstün (1970), Güllü (1971), Cemo (1972), Utanç (1972 ), Zavallılar (1974), Kuma (1974), Salako (1974), Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım (1977), Kibar Feyzo (1978), Talihli Amele (1980), Mine ( 1982), Düş Gezginleri (1992), Tatlı Betüş (1993), Eylül Fırtınası (1999), Eğreti Gelin (2004).
REFERENCE: Türkiye Ansiklopedisi (C. 1, s. 348-349, 1974), Atıf Yılmaz / Bir Sinemacının Anıları (1991), Atıf Yılmaz / Söylemek Güzeldir (1995), Kurtuluş Özyazıcı-Dost Kitabevi-Ankara Sinema Derneği / Adı: Atıf Yılmaz (2006), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, 2007) - Ünlü Sanatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 5, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013). Burçak Evren / Ustasız Usta: Atıf Yılmaz (2006), Şerif Karataş / Rejisör Atıf Yılmaz (2008).