About The Taylan Brothers
Durul Taylan and Yağmur Taylan, are Turkish film and television directors. Having studied Industrial Engineering and Medicine and Psychiatry respectively, the brothers started their work behind the camera with their first Television project "Sır Dosyası" (Secret Files) in 1997. After directing several other television series such as "Cinler ve Periler" (Jinns and Fairies), "Baba" (Father) and the hit comedy show "Beşik Kertmesi" (Child Marriage), they made their first feature film, "Okul" (The School) in 2003. Praised by Turkish critics as an ambitious debut, this horror-comedy film was not only a critical and financial hit but also key in reviving the Horror and Teen Film industry in this territory. To this day there has been an increase in the amount of Horror films produced in Turkey making this directing team pioneers in these genres.
The brothers went on to work on television projects such as "Alacakaranlık (Twilight), a police drama, and the comedy series "Yabancı Damat" (The Foreign Groom) filmed in Greece and Turkey. The series was a hit in Turkey and other countries such as Greece, Bulgaria and lasted 106 episodes. Yabancı Damat was nominated in 6 categories in the 1st Annual Primetime Beyaz Inci Awards and won in 3 categories including Best Music, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. This show not was not only popular with its audiences but also helped bridge a political divide and ease long running deep rooted tensions between the populations of Turkey and Greece.
In 2006 they released their second motion picture "Küçük Kıyamet"(The Little Apocalypse), a psychological horror film. Küçük Kıyamet won awards, including Best Editing at the 18th Ankara Film Festival, Best Actress at the twelfth Sadri Alışık Awards and Best Supporting Actor at the twenty-eighth Turkish Film Critics Association (SİYAD) Awards.
Their third motion picture was "Vavien" (Two-Way Switch). Vavien was a critical hit, winning the Best Picture and FIPRESCI award in the twenty-ninth International Istanbul Film Festival and also earning 11 nominations and 5 awards at the Turkish Film Critics Association (SİYAD) Awards. “Vavien" heralded as one of the best films in Turkish film history.
The brothers’ latest work is "Muhteşem Yüzyıl" (Magnificent Century), a Turkish prime-time television historical drama. It is based on the life of Sultan Süleyman I, also known as Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Hürrem Sultan, the slave girl who became his queen. Muhteşem Yüzyıl is reported to have an international audience of 200 million viewers.
Again their work created political awareness in major populations across that part of the world. In Greece, it became so popular that Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki and the Golden Dawn party condemned the show and urged Greeks not to watch it. "No one should watch The Magnificent Century," Bishop Anthimos said, adding, "by watching the Turkish series we are telling them we have surrendered."
In the Republic of Macedonia, Turkish series have become so popular, that the Macedonian parliament has moved to ban Turkish soaps to reduce the Turkish impact on Macedonian society. Turkish series will gradually be removed and replaced by national programs, according to a 2012 bill. That is how much their work translates to its audiences.
The Taylan Brothers have a versatility that encompasses genres such as Psychological Thrillers, Dark Comedy and Period Dramas both in their Television shows and Films. They have also directed over 50 commercials.They currently reside in Los Angeles and are developing projects for Turkey-Middle East territories as well as for the United States. Durul and Yağmur's keen interest always remains in maintaining a global audience entertained.