Mennan Yapo was born in 1966 the son of Turkish parents in Munich. He started his film career in 1988, working with various German distributors in marketing. In 1995, he began writing scripts in English and German, produced several shorts and appeared in Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book (1996) and in Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye, Lenin! (2003). Also active as a writer, producer and director, his films include Framed (1999) and Soundless (Lautlos, 2004).