Ivy

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    Ivy

    Sarmasik

    Directed by

    Turkey

    2015

    104 min

    • Turkish

    Drama

    Toronto IFF

    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.

    Awards

    • Best Film - East End FF
    • Cineuropa Award - European FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Nadir Saribacak
    Hakan Karsak
    Ozgur Emre Yildirim
    Kadir Cermik
    Osman Alkas
    Seyithan Ozturk
    Screenplay
    Tolga Karaçelik
    Cinematography
    Gökhan Tiryaki
    Editing
    Evren Luş
    Music
    Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç
    Festival Bookings
    PASCALE RAMONDA

    Press

    Undeniably well acted by the small but impressive cast.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Displays narrative and visual mastery.

    Mirona Nicola, Cineuropa

    An original psychological thriller.

    Mirona Nicola, Cineuropa

    Tolga Karaçelik

    Tolga Karaçelik

    Turkey

    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).

    Selected Filmography