Saf | © Terminal Film


  • SAF (Working title)
Feature Film | 2017-2018 | Drama | Germany, Romania, Turkey

Brief synopsis

Kamil (Erol Afsin) is only 28 years old, but his mounting worries make him look much older. He initially can't bring himself to accept work at one of the many high-rise developments responsible for pushing residents out of his native Fikirtepe neighbourhood, but financial desperation eventually trumps ideals. Kamil secretly takes a job as a bulldozer operator, working under the table for the same reduced wage that was given to the Syrian refugee he replaced, much to the violent resentment of his fellow Turkish co-workers.
Kamil's wife, Remziye (Saadet Isil Aksoy), works as a housekeeper for an affluent family. She maintains the optimism that Kamil lacks and dreams of sharing their humble apartment and its beloved garden with a child. As Kamil's work becomes increasingly alienating and dangerous, Remziye finds herself in a desperate situation.
Source: Toronto International Film Festival


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
 Erol AfsinKamil [L]
Saadet Isil AksoyRemziye [L]
Kida Khodr RamadanAmmar [L]


Camera Departmentdirector of photographyTudor Vladimir Panduru
Director's DepartmentdirectorAli Vatansever
EditingeditorEvren Luş
ProducerproducerOya Özden
ProducerproducerHarry Flöter
ProducerproducerSelin Vatansever
ProducerproducerAnamaria Antocci
Production Designart directorMeral Efe Yurtseven
Production Designart directorYunus Emre Yurtseven
ScreenplayscreenwriterAli Vatansever

Production companies

Terminal Film [tr]
 2Pilots FilmproductionKoproduktion
4 proof film [ro]Koproduktion


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Ali Vatansever2018Tiff Toronto Int. Film Festival [ca]DiscoveryNominated


PremiereMonday, 10.09.2018Toronto International Film Festival