Mervé Gezen

  • Member of the Jury
Istanbul, Turkey

After completing her primary and secondary education in French, Mervé Gezen studied Spanish literature and drama at Ankara University. She worked with Ecder Akışık in a production of García Lorca’s Bloody Wedding at the Ankara National Theatre and played the role of Lucinde in Molière’s The Love Doctor under the direction of Jean-Jacques Bellot.

Gezen continued her drama and cinema studies at the Paris National Superior Conservatory advised by Daniel Mesguish and at the University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she received an MFA. At Paris III she took part in projects including Master Class, Don Giovanni, Le Dindon, and Andromaque under the supervision of Daniel Meguish, Patrice Chereau, Richard Demarcy, and Bruno Gillet.

Gezen is the director of The Conversations of Loo (2012), Where Are You My Love? (2014 — Cannes SFC premiere and winner of the Human Rights Prize at the 2016 Atlas Awards), Scrabble (2016), and is currently working on her first feature film, Lives Smell Naphtalene, and on a documentary project, Roland Garros, un certain regard.

Based in Istanbul, Gezen continues her drama and film work in France and the U.S.

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