The 35 year old director of Our Grand Despair who died in a traffic accident was considered one of the most exciting young film-makers in Turkey.

Turkish film-maker Seyfi Teoman, who was in competition at Berlin with his second film Our Grand Despair last year, has died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on April 16.

He passed away on May 8 in Istanbul. The 35 year-old was considered one of the most exciting young directors in Turkey and won awards around the world with his first short film Apartment and his first feature Summer Book.

He also produced Emin Elper’s Beyond The Hill which won the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul Film Festival this April.

When he died, he was working on this third film Saints which received production support from the Ministry Of Culture and the Turkish-German Co-development Fund.

Some of Turkey’s biggest names including Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Semih Kaplanoglu attended a memorial ceremony for Teoman this week at Bogazici University along with 300 members of the Turkish cinema community.