Join us for a screening of Turkish film Ivy (Sarmaşık), which made it's American debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. Followed by a discussion with director Tolga Karaçelik.

Complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be available starting at 5:45pm, the screening will begin at 6:00pm.

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RSVP not required, but welcomed.

Trailer (with English subtitles):

About the Film and Director:

The freight ship, Sarmaşık ('Ivy' in English), is to sail to a loading port in Egypt before continuing with her cargo to Angola. As she heads south from Istanbul, the ship’s owner goes bankrupt, leaving the crew unpaid for months. Only when they reach the Egyptian port, do the captain and crew discover that there is a lien on the ship; this effectively means they can neither call at the port, nor go ashore. The ship is ordered to the anchorage area by the port authority and a skeleton crew of six required to stay on board in case the ship has to be moved. Once named, the six have their passports seized and begin an indefinite wait on Egyptian shores. They all have different stories, different backgrounds and different reasons for getting away from Istanbul. Divisions appear between them early on. Petty conflicts quickly escalate into bigger fights when the food and water run out on board, and the ship turns into a battlefield where men hunt men.

Tolga Karaçelik studied film in New York after earning a law degree in Turkey. In addition to writing and directing five short films, which were screened at various festivals nationally and internationally, he has written and directed music videos and served as director of photography on a documentary. His award-winning feature debut, Toll Booth (Gişe Memuru), had its European premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival and U.S. premiere at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Ivy (Sarmaşık), his second feature film, was selected for the Karlovy Vary Film Festival Works in Progress section in 2014. The film was also nominated for East of West Award at Karlovy Vary, Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki, and Best Turkish Film of the Year Award at Istanbul International Film Festival.

Also read about director Tolga Karaçelik's vision for this project in an IndieWire profile and about the film project, support by the Sundance Institute, in this Sundance profile.

Reviews:

Time Magazine - What a Turkish Film Can Teach Us About American Fear

Hollywood Reporter - Ivy: Sundance Review

Variety - Sundance Film Review: Ivy