Özgür Yıldırım (born 12 September 1979, Dulsberg, West Germany) is a German-Turkish film director.
Life and career
Yıldırım was born into a family of Turkish Gastarbeiter (guest workers.) At the age of 11, he began to write stories and, at the age of 14, published his first book: the horror novel Graue Nächte (1993).
After graduating from gymnasium, Yıldırım studied at the Hamburg Media School.
His first short films led Fatih Akın to call him "the most talented German young director" especially due to his 2004 short film Alım Market.
In 2007, he shot his first feature film, Chiko. He was a screenwriter, for which he received the screenplay award at the Lübeck Nordic Film Days in 2008. The film premiered at the Berlinale 2008, and a year later was nominated for the Deutscher Filmpreis in four categories, including Best Feature Film. Yıldırım himself was again awarded a prize for his screenplay.
In 2011, he shot the feature film Blutzbrüdaz with rapper Sido in the lead role and also took part in screenwriting. In Germany, Blutzbrüdaz had, after the first weekend, had 128,139 attendants, with 528,834 watching the film overall.
In the year 2013, he directed the NDR crime show Tatort: Feuerteufel in Hamburg with Wotan Wilke Möhring as producer. The first broadcast on April 28, 2013 and reached 10 million viewers in Germany. The press judged the film and the new team mainly positively. A partial "illogical plot" was criticized, which still leaves air for future consequences. In March 2016, his second crime show, Tatort: Zorn Gottes, was broadcast.