Six very different men are forced stay on board a big cargo ship for months anchored outside the cost of Egypt, when the ship’s owner goes bankrupt, and they are awaiting salary and permission to dock. As the days goes by, the tension within the crew grows, and the seditious and mystical Cenk (Nadir Saribacak from Nuri Bilge Ceylans’ Winter Sleep) seems ready to make a mutiny. Combined with an atmospheric original score, the depiction of the ship’s interior creates an increasingly claustrophobic feeling and mirrors the seamen’s psychological state.

Tolga Karaçelik (b. 1981) is one of Turkey’s leading young directors. He has also published short stories and poems and is an experienced cinematographer. Karaçelik’s first feature Toll Booth (2010) screened at film festivals worldwide, whereas his two next films both have premiered at the prestigious Sundance festival. Karaçelik is one of the guests at this year's festival.

Original title Sarmasik

Year 2015

Director Tolga Karaçelik

Screenplay Tolga Karaçelik

Cinematography Gökhan Tiriyaki

Producer Bilge Elif Turhan

Cast Nadir Saribacak, Özgür Emre Yldrim, Hakan Karsak, Kadir Çermik

Production Company Cine Chromatix, Jomami Filmproduktion

Runtime 1h 44m

Format DCP

Age limit 15