Deniz Gamze Ergüven
4 June 1978
Film director, screenwriter, actress
Deniz Gamze Ergüven (born 4 June 1978) is a Turkish-French film director best known for her debut film . Mustang
Early life and education
Ergüven was born in
Ankara, Turkey but moved to France in the 1980s. She grew up and went to school in France. She attended La Fémis and graduated in 2008. 
In 2011 Ergüven was invited to attend the
Cannes Film Festivals Atelier to help develop her project, The Kings. While there she met fellow director  Alice Winocour who was there to develop her first feature film . After Ergüven was unable to find financing for her film Augustine Winocour suggested she write a more intimate piece leading the two to begin work on the script for . Mustang 
Her debut film
premiered in the Mustang Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival  where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award.   It later played in the Special Presentations section of the  2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was selected as the French entry for the  Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It was later shortlisted for the  Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Ergüven was also nominated for multiple
César Awards, winning the César Award for Best First Feature Film as well as the César Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Ergüven was surprised by the film's overwhelmingly positive welcome. "During Cannes I was telling this joke: Tuesday we’ll show the movie, Wednesday we’ll talk to the press, Thursday we’ll be old news. But that Thursday never came! We’re still Wednesday and it’s just getting more intense", she said.
In May 2016 Ergüven announced plans to film
, which would star Kings Halle Berry in a lead role and be set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. 
Ergüven was pregnant while filming
and gave birth to her son on 11 February 2015. Mustang 
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