Ömer Lütfi Akad (2 September 1916 – 19 November 2011), was a Turkish film director, who directed movies from 1948 to 1974. In 1949, he debuted as a film director with Vurun Kahpeye ("Strike the Whore") an adaptation of Halide Edip Adıvar's book of the same title. He became one of the pioneers of the period in the "Director Generation". The 1970s trilogy, The Bride; The Wedding; and The Sacrifice, is considered his masterpiece. Afterwards, he withdrew from movie making instead directing adaptations for TV.