Engin Kundağ is a German-Turkish writer-director. His parents have Azerbaijan roots; he grew up in Bielefeld. Engin abandoned his studies of philosophy and psychology to take up screenwriting and directing at the International Film School in Cologne. There, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2012 with his short film ARARAT. It is a fantastically shot family drama about a young man, Noah, who travels from Germany to Eastern Anatolia to bury his father in his hometown at the foot of mountain Ararat. Noah’s brother lives there in a dysfunctional marriage with a wife who despises him. The visitor tries to mediate, but soon finds himself far more entangled in the values and behavioral paradigms of a culture whose language and traditions he had more or less forgotten. ARARAT premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and had a very successful festival run. No wonder since its psychological complexity is just as enticing as its beautiful aesthetics.
In 2014 followed the short film TORN who run in the section Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. The film was shot in Azerbaijan and tells the story of a father and son who fail to connect with other people. At the moment, Engin works on his cinematic debut ANGST. We are excited to have him with us this year!
Producer, Writer, Director (DE/TR)
2014 TORN (Short Fiction)
2011 ARARAT [Short Fiction]
2011 WHERE DO WE GO NOW (Short Doc)
2010 ETWAS LIEBE (Short Fiction)