Teuton wunderkind Fatih Akin is planning to make a biopic about Yilmaz Guney, Turkey’s cinematic enfant terrible.
The multihyphenate announced the project at a press conference for his official competish pic “The Edge of Heaven,” the second part of his “Love, Death, Devil” trilogy.
First installment “Head-On” won the 2004 Berlin Golden Bear. Akin will likely make Guney pic once he has completed “Love.”
Choice of Guney is fitting for Akin, himself of Turkish origin and something of a rock star in Germany. Once described as “Clint Eastwood, James Dean and Che Guevara combined,” Guney is ripe for a bigscreen adaptation.
Born to a Kurdish family, the politically active Guney frequently fell foul of the Turkish authorities and was imprisoned at various stages throughout his life. Despite his woes with officialdom, Guney still found the time to be one of Turkey’s most popular action stars in the 1970s and also helmed a number of critically acclaimed pix, including 1982 Palme D’Or winner “Yol.” Guney actually helmed “Yol” from his jail cell, via precise handwritten notes to his assistant Serif Goren.
Another Guney collaborator Tuncel Kurtiz, who stars in Akin’s “Heaven,” delivered best line of the confab when remembering how he helped Guney smuggle a print of his 1970 pic “Umut” out of Turkey to screen at that year’s Cannes.
“Our aim is to create a world community instead of just a European community. The world is a small house. Let’s make a garden,” said Kurtiz.