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Gözetleme Kulesi

Turkey | 2012 | 100 minutes | Pelin Esmer

Haunted by his past, a fire warden in the Turkish mountains is inexorably drawn towards a young woman with a mysterious secret of her own.

May 28, 2013
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High in the remote mountains of Turkey, Nihat has found himself a job as a lookout in a watchtower, scanning the forests for fire. In retreat from his former life, which has been curtailed by tragedy, he seems to take some comfort in solitude. One day, while venturing into town for supplies, he crosses paths with Seher, who, secretly pregnant, is trying to make an escape of her own. But when, after giving birth, Seher leaves the newborn baby by the side of the road, Nihat intervenes, and their deeply personal struggles become inextricably linked by the past as much as the present. A powerful portrait of the tragedies that befall us and the struggles of conscience that sometimes ensue, as well as the possibilities for redemption that we can offer one another. With her third feature, Pelin Esmer establishes herself as a leading light of new Turkish cinema.

Director Biography
Pelin Esmer worked as a first assistant director in a number of Turkish and foreign projects. The directors of world’s leading film festivals selected her as one of the world’s most promising directors in The Future of Film: 100 New Directors, a compendium published by Phaidon.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey

Director: Pelin Esmer
Principal Cast: Olgun Simsek, Nilay Erdonmez
Country: Turkey, Germany, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: Tolga Esmer, Nida Karabol Akdeniz, Pelin Esmer
Screenplay: Pelin Esmer
Cinematographers: Ozgur Eken
Editors: Ayhan Ergursel, Pelin Esmer
Website: http://www.watchtowerfilm.com
Awards: Fribourg International Film Festival 2013 (Ecumenical Jury Award, Don Quixote Award)
Filmography: 10 to 11 (2009); The Play (2005)
Language: Turkish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: BluRay
US Distributor: Film Movement
International Sales: Visit Films
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