Ayçe Kartal is a Turkish film director born in 1980 in Istanbul. She graduated from the University of Istanbul with a degree in Cinema and Television in 2005.
Kartal's directorial debut was the 2006 drama film 'Kokarda'. The film was well-received and won numerous awards at international film festivals, including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
Kartal's second film was 'My Marlon and Brando' in 2008. The film was an exploration of the roles of family and identity, and was nominated for Best Film at the Istanbul International Film Festival.
Kartal then went on to direct the drama film 'The Lamb' in 2011. The film explored themes of migration and identity in modern Turkey, and was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Kartal's next film was 'Sivas', a drama set in a small Anatolian town. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Film Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Kartal has since continued to make critically acclaimed films, including 'Cold of Kalandar', 'Frenzy', and 'The Earthquake'. Her most recent work is the short film 'L'Invisible', which won the Audience Award at the Istanbul International Film Festival.
Kartal is an acclaimed director who has won numerous awards for her films. She is known for her exploration of themes of family, identity, and migration, and has become one of the most prominent directors in modern Turkish cinema.