Born in Istanbul, in 1980, Dr. Hakkı Kurtuluş is a cultural historian, scriptwriter and filmmaker. He studied communication, film and German studies at the Universities of Galatasaray (Istanbul), Lyon Lumiere, École Normale Superieure, Tübingen, Paris 3, École Pratique des Hautes Études and Paris 8 where he defended his PhD comparing Goethe and Nietzsche in 2013. Kurtuluş is an old fellow of Goethe Gesellschaft and Heinrich Böll Stiftung. As a filmmaker, Kurtuluş has co-written and co-directed four feature films: Orada (There, 2009),Viaggio in Bergmania (2011), Gözümün Nûru (Eye am, 2013) and Birlikte Öleceğiz (Together We Shall Die, 2020) and six short documentaries premiered in various international film festivals and broadcasted worldwide. For his cinematic work Kurtuluş has been awarded 13 prizes worldwide including Special Jury Prize at the main competition of 36th Moscow International Film Festival. In 2018 he co-published a novella Citizen Bērziņš at Kırmızı Kedi Publishing House.
Dr. Hakkı Kurtuluş is married and lives between Berlin, Istanbul and Lyon.