Ahmet Rıfat Şungar was born on July 9, 1983, in Istanbul, Turkey. He has Albanian and Russian ancestry. After graduating from Istanbul Conservatory, one of the top acting schools in Turkey, he started his career in Three Monkeys (2008) by the Palme D'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The film received the Best Directing Award at Cannes Film Festival and brought an international recognition to the young Turkish actor along with 'The Most Promising Actor' and 'The Best Supporting Actor' awards. He continued his career by working with the most accomplished directors in Turkey and started working in international films like, Le Chant Des Hommes (2015) in which he acted in French. His films traveled all around the world and screened at the top film festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival and many others. In 2018, his latest film, The Wild Pear Tree by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, was the closing film in the main selection of Cannes Film Festival.