Section: International Competition of European First Films

Rauf (2016) 13

Turkey | 2016 | 94 min.

The story of the first love of a nine-year-old boy from a Kurdish village in the middle of some inhospitable mountains. The everyday life of the inhabitants here is beset by an unseen yet still unfinished war that affects the local mood. Young Rauf falls in love with the twenty-year-old daughter of the carpenter he's apprenticed to. Thanks to his Master, the boy witnesses the despair of the local residents who come to the carpenter's for coffins for their fallen offspring. The story builds on the contrast of colors – gray for war and pink for puppy love. Pink is also a metaphor for dreams and hopes. Rauf attempts to get a pink scarf for Zana, but the problem is that he's never actually seen the color before. Is it possible for Rauf to find it in a village covered in fallen snow?

Duration94 min
SubtitleEnglish, Czech
Directed by Baris Kaya, Soner Caner
Screenplay Soner Caner
Director of Photography Vedat Ozdemir
Music Ayse Onder, Umit Onder
Edited by Ali Emre Uzsus - Ahmet Boyacioglu
Contact Peri Istanbul - Aslan Film


Barış Kaya and Soner Caner are filmmakers from Turkey. Kaya studied at the film and TV faculty at Anadolu University in Eskişehir. He has long worked in film production and made a number of TV commercials. Caner studied artificial technology, focusing on product design. He works creating special effects and as an artistic director. The two collaborated on the film The Breath (Nefes, 2009) directed by Levent Semerci. They made their directorial debut with the feature drama Rauf (2016).