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Saadet Aksoy, also known as Saadet Isil Aksoy, was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Her native language is Turkish, she speaks very fluent English, basic French and basic Italian.
When she was 19 and still a student at college, she began presenting various TV shows about music, cinema and arts at a national TV channel in Turkey targeting the younger audience. Along with her studies on English Language and Literature at Bogazici University in Istanbul, she started taking film and acting classes while working on short films, taking parts in stage productions, commercials and TV series.
Saadet made her debut both nationally and internationally with her portrayal of a village girl in “Egg” by Semih Kaplanoglu, which premiered in 2007 at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, and brought her many acting awards at internationally acclaimed film festivals, such as Sarajevo Film Festival and Valdivia International Film Festival. She also took part in “Milk”, the following film by Semih Kaplanoglu, which was at Venice Film Festival Competition Programme in 2008. With other films such as “Eastern Plays”, which also premiered at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and “Love in Another Language”, which brought her a number of national awards, she kept gaining more attention both in her home country and at the international festival circuit.
During this period, she was also taking small parts in American productions such as “A Beautiful Life” by Alejandro Chomski and “The Rebound” with Justin Bartha and Catherine Zeta Jones by Bart Freundlich. However, Saadet Aksoy got the top international acclaim after she played the red-haired punk trumpet player “Aska” in “Twice Born” directed by the Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto along with Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch. The movie premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and is still getting released in many countries around the world.
Saadet Aksoy has also been a jury member in many film festivals around the world such as “Cairo International Film Festival”, “Istanbul International Film Festival”, “Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival” and “Sarajevo Film Festival.” Along with her acting career, she is also the spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris in Turkey, and has collaborated with different organizations in her home country, such as Unicef Turkey and Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey.
Having worked till now in cinema, theater and TV, and still working on her MFA on Acting in Istanbul, Saadet Aksoy lately finished shooting her latest Turkish film “Sürgün” (Exile) by Erol Ozlevi. She’s recently on set to play in an Italian project called “Ragion di Stato” produced for RAI Television, directed by Marco Pontecorvo.
Saadet Aksoy got the top international acclaim after she played the red-haired punk trumpet player “Aska” in “Twice Born” directed by the Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto along with Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch.
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