Born in Istanbul, Turkey, she has lived in Berlin since 2000. After graduating from the Film and Television Academy at Marmara University, she directed short films and a documentary. Her cinema debut Men on the Bridge celebrated its international premiere at Locarno in 2009 and went on to win numerous awards. Her second feature Hayatboyu (Lifelong) screened in the Berlinale Panorama in 2013. Auf Einmal is her first German-language feature film.