Mehmet Emin Toprak
Born(1974-09-11)11 September 1974
Died2 December 2002(2002-12-02) (aged 28)
Çan, Çanakkale, Turkey
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1997–2002
RelativesNuri Bilge Ceylan (cousin)

Mehmet Emin Toprak (11 September 1974 – 2 December 2002) was a Turkish film actor.

Toprak starred in the critically acclaimed 2002 film Uzak.[1] He died in a car crash on the way back from the Ankara Film Festival near the town of Çan, at the age of 28.[2]

A few weeks after the accident, the film Uzak was shown at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, where Toprak was posthumously awarded Best Actor.[3]

Personal life

Toprak collaborated with his cousin Nuri Bilge Ceylan in his films. He had been married for five months at the time of his death.[2][4]


Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
1999 Turkish Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Mayıs Sıkıntısı Nominated
2002 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Uzak Won[5]
Turkish Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated[6]
2003 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Won[7]
2004 Singapore International Film Festival Best Actor Won[8]


  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Distant". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b Gibbons, Fiachra (6 May 2004). "Death in Yenice". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  3. ^ Gibbons, Fiachra (5 September 2003). "Tragic twist denies young star triumph in Venice". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Bize 'Uzak', dünyaya yakın" ['Distant' from us, close to the earth]. Milliyet (in Turkish). 27 May 2003. Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  5. ^ 39. Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festivali (1-5 Ekim 2002). Antalya: Antalya Kültür Sanat Vakfı Yayınları. 2002.
  6. ^ SİYAD'ın ödül adayları belli oldu. Hürriyet. 17 January 2003. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Cannes winners in full". BBC News. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ "2004: SGIFF 17". Singapore International Film Festival. Retrieved 9 February 2020.