Ivy (Sarmaşık)

Year 2015
Director Tolga Karaçelik
Producer Elif Turhan
Screenplay Tolga Karaçelik
Directory of Photography Gökhan Tiryaki
Cast Nadir Saribacak, Kadir Çermik, Özgür Emre Yıldırım, Hakan Karsak, Osman Alkaş
Music Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç

Host of the Turkish Film Festival, Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy, will give an opening reception before the screening of Ivy on April 11, Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. all our guests are welcome to attend.


An agency boat is taking three new crew members to a bulkcarrier named MV Sarmasik (IVY). The ship is sailing to her loading port in Egypt to carry goods to Angola. As she is sailing south, the shipowner, who was not able to pay salaries to these crew members for quite some time, goes bankrupt. The ship reaches the Egyptian port. The captain and everyone else on board learns that there is a lien on the ship and they are not allowed to get on land nor call the port. The ship is taken to the anchorage area. Officals tell the captain that as sea safety regulations there is a minimum number of crew members that have to stay on the ship. Others can leave. Altogether five seamen volunteer to stay on the ship. They are the ones that need to be away from their home, they are the ones who need the money most amongst the crew. They don’t know how long they are going to stay.


IVY is the story of these six men staying on that ship for a hundred and twenty days. During this period, these men suffer hunger and thirst. They face isolation, day by day paranoia amongst them grows. They argue, divide into groups, transition from wanting to align with the captain to forming an opposition against him... and the ship will turn into a hunting ground. Who will be the winner at the end of this struggle?


O.V. - English subtitles

Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes

Genre: Drama

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