Umut Dag: Biography Babylon 2008


Als ńltester Sohn einer kurdischen Immigrantenfamilie wuchs Umut Dag in einem Arbeiterbezirk in Wien auf. Entgegen seiner Leidenschaft, dem Film, wurde er auf eine Handelsakademie geschickt in der Hoffnung, dass er einen guten Beruf ausŘben werde. Danach studierte er zunńchst Internationale Entwicklung, Religionswissenschaften und Pńdagogik. Mit der Zeit war es aber fŘr Umut immer klarer, dass sein Weg zum Film, zur Regie gehen muss. Neben seinen ersten Kurzfilmen arbeitete er in der ÷sterreichischen Filmlandschaft um Erfahrungen zu sammeln und Kontakte zu knŘpfen. 2006 beschloss er, dass eine Filmhochschule, neben seinem privaten Eifer, nicht schaden wŘrde und bewarb sich auf der Filmakademie Wien wo er seit 2006 bei Prof. Patzak und Prof. Haneke Regie studiert. Seit dem arbeitet er stets an neuen Projekten um mittelfristig seinen ersten Langspielfilm realisieren zu k÷nnen.

As the eldest son of a Kurdish immigrant family, Umut Dag grew up in a working-class district of Vienna. In spite of his addiction to film, he was sent to Business School in the hope that he would make himself a good career. Afterwards, he studied International Development, Theology and Teaching. As time went on it became clear to Umut that he must pursue his career in film and become a director. Whilst directing his first short film, he worked in the Austrian film industry to gain production experience and contacts. In 2006 he decided that a spell at film school wouldn't hurt, and applied to the Film Academy in Vienna, where he has since been studying under Prof. Patzak and Prof. Haneke. He is currently working on new projects and developing his first full-length feature as a director.



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