The Legend of the Ugly King

The Legend of the Ugly King (OT: Die Legende vom hässlichen König)

Documentary | 122 min | Germany, Austria | 2017

»The Legend of the Ugly King« follows the life of the famous Kurdish director, actor, and political activist Yılmaz Güney, who gained international attention through films like »Yol« (Palme d'or, Cannes 1982) or »Sürü« (Golden Leopard, Locarno 1978). Director Hüseyin Tabak starts out on a research trip meeting various people who all share their very personal memories and stories about the legendary filmmaker.

Who was the man behind the many faces of the visionary, enigmatic, and revolutionary artist? Who was this Ugly King?

Director: Hüseyin Tabak 

Production Company: Mîtos Film & Aichholzer Filmproduktion

Protagonists: Costa Gavras, Michael Haneke, Tarik Akan and many others 

Runtime: 122 minutes

Language: Turkish, French, German, Spanish 

Filming locations: Turkey, France, Iraq, Germany, Austria 

Aspect ratio: 1:1.85 

Camera model: Arri Alexa 

Film negative format: ProRes 2K 

Printed film format: DCP





  • Yılmaz Güney
  • Michael Haneke
  • Yılmaz Güney
  • Yılmaz Güney