"Union rules and hierarchies definitely take some time getting used to," adds Turkish-German helmer Mennan Yapo, who's completing Sony thriller "Premonition,"  a March release starring Sandra Bullock. "I'm used to working with a much leaner machine where everybody does everything and overtime is not so much an issue."
Yapo, whose feature debut "Soundless" wasn't very popular in Germany but was well received in Hollywood, took a long time to commit to a U.S. project. "It was ridiculous. I was sitting in my Berlin apartment with $5 to my name and kept turning down directing jobs in the U.S."Eventually he chose a project where the talent understood his Teutonic idiosyncrasies (Bullock's family has German roots and she speaks the language) and thus got himself the best insurance policy any helmer can have in the business: an excellent relationship with his star.
 A housewife is shocked when her husband dies in a car crash and reappears the next day. She realizes it was a premonition and tries to avoid the tragedy.
The hit-man Viktor makes the biggest mistake possible in his line of work: he falls in love. The silent angel of death, who has always carried out his jobs with ice-cold precision, saves the life of the mysterious Nina.
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
Lautlos (2004) ... aka Soundless (USA: DVD title)