Watchtower

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    Watchtower

    Gozetleme kulesi

    Directed by

    Turkey, Germany, France

    2012

    96 min

    • Turkish

    Drama

    A man and a woman seeking refuge from the world: Nihat at a remote forest fire tower, Seher in her room at a rural bus station. Hiding away from others and fighting their battle of conscience alone, they get caught by each other. Once their lives collide, they have to fight the battle before each other.

    Awards

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    • Best Cinematography - Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival
    • Best Director - Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival
    • Best Actress - Adana Golden Boll Film Festival
    • Best Supporting Actress - Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival
    • Best Supporting Actor - Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival
    • Special Mention - Fribourg IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Olgun Simsek
    Nilay Erdonmez
    Menderes Samancilar
    Kadir Cermik
    Lacin Ceylan
    Riza Akin
    Mehmet Bozdogan
    Screenplay
    Pelin Esmer
    Cinematography
    Ozgur Eken
    Editing
    Ayhan Ergursel
    Pelin Esmer
    Sales
    VISIT FILMS
    Production
    SINEFILM

    Press

    Although prejudice against women, especially in rural Turkey, is never out of the director’s sights, she keeps it contained so that the personal tale is never overshadowed by more theoretical concerns.

    Howard Feinstein, Screen Daily

    Pelin   Esmer

    Pelin Esmer

    Turkey

    Pelin Esmer was born in Istanbul. Her debut film THE PLAY (2005) premiered in San Sebastian FF, screened over 50 festivals, received many awards including Best New Documentary Filmmaker award in Tribeca. 10 TO 11 (2009), selected by Cannes Cinéfondation, premiered in San Sebastian, released in Turkey, France, Germany. WATCHTOWER (2012) premiered in Toronto and Rotterdam, screened in many countries and different states of the USA. SOMETHING USEFUL (2017) received Best Screenplay award in Tallinn besides FIPRESCI, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress awards in Turkey. She has been invited to Berlin by DAAD in 2018 and now working on her new film QUEEN LEAR.

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