TURKEY, GERMANY

IVY 

2015 – DCP – colore – 103’

 

Direction: Tolga Karaçelik

Screenplay: Tolga Karaçelik

Cinematography: Gökhan Tiryaki

Editing: Evren Luş

Set design: Ali Şahin

Music: Ahmet Kenan Bilgi

Cast: Nadir Saribacak, Kadir Çermik, Özgür Emre Yıldırım, Hakan Karsak, Osman Alkaş

Producer: Bilge Elif Turhan

Production: Karacelik Productions

 

SYNOPSIS

An agency boat is taking three new crew members to a bulkcarrier named MV Sarmasik (IVY). The ship is aimed to sail to her loading port Egypt to carry goods to Angola. As she is sailing down south the shipowner who was not able to pay salaries to these crew members for quite sometime goes bankrupt. The ship reaches to 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 the least amount of crew members has to stay on the ship. Others can leave. Altogether number of five seamen volunteers to stay on the ship. They all have different stories, their own reasons to stay away from Istanbul for a while. The crew splits into small groups from the very beginning. Small conflicts grow into big fights…

 

THE DIRECTOR: TOLGA KARAÇELIK

 

Tolga Karaçelik (b. 1981, Istanbul) initially studied law at Marmara University in Istanbul, and then took a film course in New York. His feature-film debut Gişe memuru (Toll Booth, 2010) tells the tale of a 35-year-old motorway toll booth operator whose routine existence is disrupted by a new boss. Having taken a fairly ordinary plotline, the director then delves into his characters’ uncompromising psychology, which transforms the tragicomic story into a metaphorical vision of the modern world. For his second film Ivy (2015), which he also wrote, he again chose a closed environment, working once more with only a handful of protagonists. Ivy had its world premiere at Sundance 2015.

 

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“The main spine of the story is Samuel Coleridge’s poem called The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. All the three episodes of the script started with parts of his poem describing the dramatic essence of that episode. Melville and Conrad helped me for creating the characters. (…) This story gave me the chance to think about authority and personal relations. I realized that some parts of the seamen’s situation also apply to all of us. Our captains are becoming more conservative every day, sometimes more fascist. Do they also realize that the sea is over? The sea is over; a ship that doesn’t sail is not a ship. Isn’t it time we ask the questions that the seamen in our story are asking: What to do with the captain now? (…) Ivy is an atmosphere film more than anything else. (…) A 16mm esthetic with insecure and handheld camera movement (…) As this is also a film about the loss of the sense of time.”

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2010 Gişe memuru (Toll Booth)

2010 Rapunzel (short)

2015 Sarmaşık (Ivy)

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2015 Sundance – World Cinema Competition

2015 Sydney IFF

2015 East End FF, London: Miglior Film Best Film Award

2015 Karlovy Vary IFF – East of the West Competition

2015 Toronto Contemporary World Cinema

2015 Helsinki IFF

2015 Haifa

2015 Vancouver

2015 Hamburg

2015 Mostra de So Paulo

2015 Thessaloniki IFF – Competition

2015 Minsk

2015 Kolkata

2016 G

2016 Lecce European FF- Competition

2016 Beijing- Panorama