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 in his neighborhood and at work, where he's accepted the low wages paid to refugees, gradually transform him. When Kamil disappears, Remziye has to face the consequences of his actions. (Cineuropa)

Director's Biography
Ali Vatansever 
Ali Vatansever was born in Istanbul. He studied industrial design at Istanbul Technical University and film at Istanbul Bilgi University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He made his directorial debut with ”El Yazýsý “(2012). “Saf” is his second film. 

Film Selection: Saf (2018) - El Yazýsý (2012)
Competition Fiction 2019
Ali Vatansever
Turkey / Germany / Romania 2018
102 minutes
Turkish / Arabic
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ali Vatansever
Cinematography Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Editing Evren Luş
Sound/Sounddesign Alexandru Dumitru
With Saadet Işil Aksoy, Erol Afşin, Onur Buldu, Ummu Putgul, Kida Ramadan
Producer(s) Selin Vatansever Tezcan, Oya Özden, Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann, Anamaria Antoci
Terminal Film, 2Pilots Film, 4 Proof Film
World Sales
Doc & Film International
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere