Zirek

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Playing range 55+ · Eyes Dark Brown · Height 174 cm · Hair Dark & Grey · Figure Slim ·
Languages Kurdish Native, French Native, Turkish Good, English Some, Arabic Some
Singing Kurdish Folk Music · Sport Kurdish Folk Dancing

News

2022

Zirek can now be seen in the Netflix original series The 7 Lives of Lea. He can also be seen in the international series Peacemaker, on Amazon Prime. On the big screen you can see him  in Fatih Akin’s feature, Rheingold also premiering later this year. 

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Zirek

Bio

Zirek

Zirek is an actor, writer, and director. He made his cinematic debut playing the antagonist in the last film of famed Yilmaz Güney, The Wall. The role as jailer Cafer garnered him much notoriety as well as criticism from local officials, forcing Zirek into exile. Considering himself a citizen of the world, Zirek appealed to the UN and was eventually granted the official status of a Stateless person.

Settling in France, Zirek played some theatre until in 1999 he returned to cinema to play in Hervé Hadmar’s film Comme un poisson hors de l’eau starring Monica Bellucci and Domonique Pinon, as well as a small role in Sally Potter’s The Man Who Cried starring Jonny Depp and Cate Blanchett.  Since then, he has worked continuously in both Kurdish and international Film and TV productions.

Film

Selection

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Production
2021
Neighbors
Hamo lead ensemble
Mano Khalil

Frame Film              Switzerland

*Won many Best Film Awards: Red Sea, San Francisco Critic’s Award, Gangneung International Film Festival

2019
Sisters in Arms
Chauffeur Kurdi support
Caroline Fourest
Kador Film               France
2018
Atlas
Said Afsari support
David Nawrath
23/5 Produktion     Germany
*Won Best Int’l Film Torino Film Fest
2018
Girls of the Sun
Zirek Commander support
Eva Husson
Manaki                     France
Cannes Film Fest
*Nominated Palme d’Or
2017
Chateau
Mourat support
Modi Barry & Cedric Ido
Srab Film                France
2017
Montparnasse Bienvenüe
L’epicier support
Leonor Serraille
Blue Monday Productions  France
Cannes Film Fest
*Nominated Palme d’Or
2016
House Without Roof
Ferhad support
Soleen Yusef
Mitos Film            Germany
Munich Film Fest
*Won Young German Cinema Award
2014
Geronimo
Mehmet support
Tony Gatlif

Princes Film           France

*nominated Best Film Locarno Int’l Film Fest 2014

2013
Før snøen faller/Before Snowfall
Malo lead
Hisham Zaman

Paradox Film     Norway/Germany

*Won Best Film: Göteborg Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, Tribeca Film Festival

2000
The Man Who Cried
Father of boy
Sally Potter
Canel+                      France
1999
Comme un poisson hors de l’eau
Ramdah support
Hervé Hadmar
CLT-UFA Int’l        Luxembourg
1983
The Wall
Cafer lead ensemble
Yilmaz Güney
Güney Film             Turkey
Cannes Film Fest
*Nominated Palme d’Or 1982

TV

Selection

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Production
2022
The 7 Lives of Lea
Hocine guest star
Julien Despaux
Netflix                    France
2020
Peacemaker
Izmet Amedi lead ensemble
Antti-Jussi Anilla
MRP                       Finland/Spain
2018
Le temps des égarés
Omur Zturk lead ensemble
Virginie Sauveur
ARTE                      France
2000
Paris City Cop (3 episodes)
n/a support
Div.
TF1                          France
1999
La crèche
n/a support
Jacques Fansten
TF2                          France

Theatre

Selection

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Theatre
2017
Lettre d’un fou aux savants du monde
tba
Giuseppe Sollaza
Theatre du Nord-Ouest    France
2000
Azady, l’Etre kurde
tba
Anonyme
Theatre du Renard             France