The Translator

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Yusuf, a Syrian refugee boy who lives in exile in a remote Turkish border town is chosen for his newfound power but he has to experience how to use it, at the cost of his innocence.

UK/Turkey
23 min
2014
fiction

DIRECTED BY : Emre Kayiş
PRODUCED BY: Oytun Kal
WRITTEN BY: Emre Kayiş
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Nick Cooke
EDITOR: Ricardo Saraiva
SOUND DESIGNER: Raoul Brand
MAIN CAST: Sherko Ali, Gamze Kaçak

Trailer of the film:

The Translator _ trailer from Oytun Kal on Vimeo.

 

About Emre Kayiş 

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Born in 1984 in Turkey, Emre Kayiş is an Istanbul-based director and screenwriter. During his studies at the law department of Ankara University, he decided to become a filmmaker after watching BICYCLE THIEVES. Then he moved to London and graduated from the London Film School in 2014 with his final project THE TRANSLATOR. He aims to tell human stories that have a social relevance. Currently he is developing his first feature film entitled Leopard.
. Emre Kayiş IMDB

Q&A with the director

Q: How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?
A: It took us about a year from pre-production to final cut. The film was financed mainly by the London Film School. It was also supported by the Turkish General Directorate of Cinema.

Q: Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?
A: Diversity, cultural heritage and a rich collaboration between countries.

Q: If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?
A: ALICE IN THE CITIES by Wim Wenders, BICYCLE THIEVES by Vittorio De Sica, FANNY AND ALEXANDER by Ingmar Bergman, COME AND SEE by Elem Klimov.

Q: What is your next project?
A: Currently I’m writing a feature film, LEOPARD, set in a wintry landscape, the story revolves around a middle-aged zoo manager, Fikret, and a young waitress, Gamze, who dreams about becoming a stewardess.

Award

Sarajevo Short Film Nominee

On the web

The Translator (2014) – IMDb
European Film Adwards
The Translator Tops Istanbul Short Film Fest 

Film contacts:

The London Film School
Ginette Harrold
24 Shelton Street
London WC2H 9UB
UK
g.harrold@lfs.org.uk
tel: +44 207 836 96 42

 

 

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