After months without pay, the already disgruntled crew on a Turkish cargo ship arrives in an Egyptian port and learns that the port authority is foreclosing on them. Ordered to anchor offshore, the remaining skeleton crew has their passports seized and must maintain the vessel until its owner's debts are paid. Tensions quickly arise between the authoritarian Cypriot captain, his devoutly religious second-in-command, an affable cook, and a trio of newcomers to the ship—a pair of druggie ne'er-do-wells and the near-mute, hulking Kurd. As months pass, food and entertainment dwindle, alliances shift, and the men take out their raw frustration on one another.
- Best Film - East End FF
- Cineuropa Award - European FF
- Nadir Saribacak
- Hakan Karsak
- Ozgur Emre Yildirim
- Kadir Cermik
- Osman Alkas
- Seyithan Ozturk
- Tolga Karaçelik
- Gökhan Tiryaki
- Evren Luş
- Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç
- Festival Bookings
- PASCALE RAMONDA
Undeniably well acted by the small but impressive cast.
Displays narrative and visual mastery.
An original psychological thriller.
I'm not here to find answers - hope is also an answer. My aim is to ask questions, as everyone asks themselves.
Tolga Karaçelik has directed three feature films and several award-winning shorts. His debut film, TOLL BOOTH, screened at festivals around the world, winning a number of awards. His second film, IVY, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. He was a juror at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s East of the West Competition in 2016. His latest feature BUTTERFLIES screened at IFF Rotterdam, Sundance FF (World Cinematic Grand Jury Prize) and Istanbul FF (Special Jury Prize – In Memory of Onat Kutlar).