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Buelent Akinci was born in Ankara/Turkey in 1968. Since 1970, he has been living in Berlin. After working as a musician, security guard and insurance salesman, he began to study Philosophy, Art History, Theater, Film and Music Studies at Free University Berlin. Since 1996 he has been enrolled at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). His films include the prize-winning shorts The Last Pictures (Die letzten Bilder, 1999) and A Little Tale (Eine kleine Geschichte, 2001). Running on Empty (Der Lebensversicherer, 2006) is his first feature length film.