Original Title | SAF

Director | Ali Vatansever

Turkey, Germany, Romania, 102 min


The Fikirtepe district of Istanbul. Urban transformation is sweeping away the poor communities and Syrian refugees take shelter in deserted buildings. Kamil and his wife Remziye risk losing their home. Unemployed for a long time, Kamil, has no choice but to secretly accept a job on a construction site. Not only is he taking the job from a Syrian refugee, he’s also working for the company that’s destroying the area next door. Oppression and anxiety both in his neighborhood, where he fears discovery, and at work, where he’s accepted the low wages paid to refugees, gradually transform him. When Kamil suddenly disappears, Remziye has to face the consequences of his actions, which do not t the man she knows. But she will not give up.

Terminal Film

2Pilots Film

4 Proof Film

Tangaj Production

Doc & Film International

Saadet Işıl Aksoy

Erol Afşin 

Onur Buldu

Ümmü Putgül

Kida Khodr Ramadan 

Mihaela Trofimov

Writer | Ali Vatansever

Director | Ali Vatansever

Producer | Selin Vatansever Tezcan, Oya Özden, Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann, Anamaria Antoci

Director of Photography | Tudor Vladimir Panduru

Editor | Evren Luş 

Sound | Alexandru Dumitru 

Music Composer | Jörg Ritzenhoff

Art Design | Emre Yurtseven, Meral Efe Yurtseven

Turkish Ministry of Culture

Film-und Medien Stiftung NRW


Zenith Media

Sources 2

Meetings on the Bridge


!f Sundance Lab

Global Media Makers

Connecting Cottbus Co-Production Market

Running Time 102 min

Aspect Ratio 2.39

Sound 5.1


Screening Format DCP 2K


The Jury of the International Panorama competition at 10th BIFEST, headed by British film critic Derek Malcolm with Alberto Crespi, Giuliana De Sio, Salvatore Maira...


Our minority co-production SAF enters Romanian cinemas today! Director Ali Vatansever met with the audience at the avant-premiere screening organised at Cinema Elvire Popesco on July 3rd.


Saturday read: Saf Film review in Cineuropa, by Vassilis Economou. (See trailer below) The impressive performances in conjunction with the unexpected storytelling definitely offer a...


Our world premiere took place at Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery section! (...) READ MORE


SAF directed by Ali Vatansever is one of the 20 projects supported by Eurimages! We are happy to be part of the team and co-produce...


The Turkish project SAF, directed by Ali Vatansever, was shot in Istanbul. The Romanian team is represented by cinematographer Tudor Panduru, focus puller Pompiliu Avram and actress Mihaela Trofimov. Photo | Dogancan Heperler