Brought by the Sea

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Brought by the Sea
Theatrical poster
Directed by Nesli Çölgeçen
Produced by Ömer Can
Berna Akpınar
Written by Ersin Kana
Starring Onur Saylak
Jordan Deniz Boyner
Ahu Türkpençe
Sümer Tilmaç
Music by Kemal Sahir Gürel
İrşad Aydın
Erdal Güney
Ayşe Önder
Cinematography Aydın Sarıoğlu
Edited by Ahmet Can Çakırca
Release date
  • April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Turkey
Language Turkish
Box office US$38,949

Brought by the Sea (Turkish: Denizden Gelen) is a 2010 Turkish drama film, directed by Nesli Çölgeçen, about an ex-cop who accidentally kills an African immigrant and retreats with a guilty conscience back to his hometown. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16), has been shown at International film festivals in Istanbul, Moscow and Adana, where it won the Grand Jury "Yılmaz Güney" Best Picture prize.[1][2]


The film was shot on location in the Aegean towns of Ortaca, Dalyan and Dalaman, Turkey.[3]


Halil (Onur Saylak) is a cop who accidentally kills an African illegal immigrant; he resigns and retires with a guilty conscience back to his hometown. Jordan (Jordan Deniz Boyner) is a five-year-old boy from Ghana whose mother is killed in an accident in Dalyan as they try to cross illegally to Greece. When Halil finds Jordan, their destinies intersect.


General release[edit]

The film opened on general release in 34 screens across Turkey on

  • April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16)

at number 25 in the Turkish box office chart with an opening weekend gross of US$8,790.[4]

Festival screenings[edit]


Box office[edit]

The film was in the Turkish box office charts for ten weeks and has made a total gross of US$38,949.[4]


Emine Yıdırım, writing in Today's Zaman, says this is, "a film which aims to say a lot", and, "indeed underlines the dire situation of the thousands of refugees that try to cross the borders of Turkey and Greece", but, "while achieving some of its ambitions, specifically those of the political and worldly context, Brought by the Sea unfortunately disappoints on some very crucial emotional points."[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "This week in theaters". Today's Zaman. 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Turkish film to be premiered in Moscow". Hürriyet Daily News. 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b "BROUGHT BY THE SEA / DENİZDEN GELEN". IIFF. Archived from the original on 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Denizden Gelen". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  5. ^ Yıdırım, Emine (2010-04-04). "İstanbul Film Festival -- Oh yes, it’s finally that time of the year!". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  6. ^ "BROUGHT BY THE SEA / DENİZDEN GELEN". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  7. ^ "BROUGHT BY THE SEA / DENİZDEN GELEN". AKFF. Retrieved 2010-09-27. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Yıdırım, Emine (2010-04-22). "‘Brought by the Sea’ a disappointing take on the plight of refugees". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Turkey's Golden Boll film festival draws to a close". Hürriyet Daily News. 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 

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