On Board (film)

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On Board
Directed by Serdar Akar
Produced by Sevil Demirci
Önder Çakar
Written by Serdar Akar
Önder Çakar
Starring Erkan Can
Haldun Boysan
Yıldıray Şahinler
Naci Taşdöğen
Music by Uğur Yücel
Cinematography Mehmet Aksın
Distributed by TurkishFilmChannel
Release date
  • 4 December 1998 (1998-12-04)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Turkey
Language Turkish

On Board (Turkish: Gemide) is a 1998 Turkish drama film, written and directed by Serdar Akar, about four sailors who kidnap a prostitute. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on December 4, 1998 (1998-12-04), won awards at film festivals in Ankara and Antalya, including the Golden Orange for Second Best Film. It was shot concurrently with A Madonna in Laleli (Turkish: Laleli'de bir Azize), directed by Kudret Sabancı, and many of the main characters from the two films cross paths.[1]


A dredging ship is anchored in Istanbul for food and supplies. But the sailor sent to get them is mugged by six people and one weeks' worth of wages are stolen from him. The captain leads his men into the city to find the people who did this. Upon meeting the men, they manage to get back the money and take back the woman in the group back to the ship.




Rekin Teksoy wrote that, The film showcased the director’s tendency to breakway from familiar cinematographic idioms, and, The lives of four seaman were colourfully brought to the screen in all their vulgarity and violence, yet failed to be believable.[1]


The film won the following awards:[2]

  • International Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique) Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 1999
  • 35th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Best Director (Serdar Akar) Second Best Film, Best Screenplay (Nevzat Dişiaçık), Best Actor (Erkan Can),
  • 11th Ankara Film Festival: Jury Special Prize (Serdar Akar), Best Actor (Erkan Can), Best Supporting Actor (Haldun Boysan), Most Promising New Director (Serdar Akar), Most Promising New Screenwriter (Serdar Akar)
  • 10th Orhan Arıburnu Awards: Best Film, Best Director (Serdar Akar), Best Actor (Erkan Can)


  1. ^ a b Teksoy, Rekin (2008). Turkish Cinema. Istanbul: Oğlak Kitap. p. 113. ISBN 975-329-611-8. 
  2. ^ "sinematurk.com: Awards for Gemide". sinematurk.com. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 

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