UK, Turkey


Yusuf, a Syrian refugee boy who lives in an 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.

Director's Statement

Regardless of political conjuncture and the dominant ethic of the present time, I intend to focus on mankind and its simple but unsolvable eternal questions about death, life, love and existence, which are vastly attractive for me. For THE TRANSLATOR, Charles Baudelaire’s poem “The Albatross” was my main source of inspiration. I see Yusuf as a very beautiful boy vanishing gradually in the middle of the crowd. I wanted to portrait his story in an utter honesty.

Director's Biography

Born in 1984 in Turkey, Emre Kayi? 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 titled LEOPARD.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Emre Kayis

Written by: Emre Kayis

Produced by: Oytun Kal

Cinematography: Nick Cooke

Editing: Ricardo Saraiva

Production Design: Billur Turan

Costume Design: Billur Turan

Sound Design: Raoul Brand

Cast: Sherko Ali (Yusuf), Gamze Kaçak (Amina)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2015