RELEASE

Theatrical Release
in Germany


17 / 04 /2014

Cinemas


Tübingen, Arsenal Kino
Stuttgart, Metropol
Regensburg, Filmgalerie
Bamberg, Lichtspiel Kino
Dresden, Thalia Kino
Hamburg, 3001 Kino
Saarbrücken, Filmhaus
Freiburg, Friedrichsbau Apollo
Frankfurt, Mal Seh'n Kino
Köln, Filmpalette
Bochum, Metropolis
Berlin, FSK Kino
Wasserburg, Kino Utopia
Friedrichshafen, Studio
Karlsruhe, Kinemathek
Braunschweig, C 1 Cinema


FOR MORE INFORMATION :

http://artfilm.af-media.eu/art-films/watchtower

NEWs & REVIEWS

NEWS : Rotterdam's Tiger Competition offers new works from Esmer, Fornay ( Screendaily )

REVIEW : The Watchtower ( Screendaily )

NEWS :
Pelin Esmer’s "Watchtower" won five awards in 2012 Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival: Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography.

NEWS :
"Watchtower" World Premiere on Toronto International Film Festival ( Tiff.net )

Festivals & AWARDS

Toronto International Film Festival / Canada (World Premiere)
(Official Selection)

Adana Golden Boll Film Festival / Turkey (Turkey Premiere)
Best Director Award
Best Actress Award
Best Supporting Actress Award
Best Supporting Actor Award
Best Cinematography Award

Rotterdam International Film Festival / Holland (European Premiere)
Official Selection

Göteburg International Film Festival /Switzerland
Official Selection

Nuremberg Turkey - Germany Film Festival / Germany
Best Actress Award

Texas Victoria Indie Film Festival / USA
Crossroads Award

RxSM Underground Film Expo / USA
Best Actress

Brasilia International Film Festival / Brazil
Best Actress

Romania International Film Festival / Romania
Festival Trophy

Mannheim Turkish Films Festival / Germany
Jury Prize

Tashkent International Film Forum / Uzbekistan
Best Film - Golden Guepard

 

Synopsis

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.

 

Cast

olgun simsek
nilay erdonmez
menderes samancilar
kadir cermik
lacin ceylan
riza akin
mehmet bozdogan

nihat
seher
the boss
the driver
the mother
the father
the chief

 

Credits

written & directed by
producers


coproducers

associate producers



director of photography
editors

art director
sound recording
sound design
sound mix

pelin esmer
tolga esmer
nida karabol akdeniz
pelin esmer
mustafa dok
guillaume de seille
rémi roy (arizona films)
bénédicte thomas (arizona films)
chris breuer (bredok)
armağan lale (sinefilm)
ozgur eken
ayhan ergursel
pelin esmer
osman ozcan
kasper munck-hansen
marc nouyrigat
frédéric théry

 

images

Trailer

 

director

Pelin Esmer

Pelin Esmer was born and grew up in Istanbul. After she majored in sociology in Istanbul, she attended the cinemaworkshop of the Turkish director Yavuz Ozkan. She worked as a first assistant director in a number of Turkish and foreign projects. She gave lectures about documentary film-making at Istanbul Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She founded her own film company, Sinefilm, in 2005 and currently produces her own projects as an independent director and producer together with her producer colleagues Tolga Esmer and Nida Karabol Akdeniz.

Her first documentary film, “The Collector” (2002) was screened in many festivals. Her first feature documentary “Oyun” (“The Play”) was premiered in San Sebastian Film Festival in 2005. It has been screened over 50 festivals around the world and received many awards including "The Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award" in Tribeca Film Festival. Her first feature “10 to 11” was one of the six chosen projects by Cannes Film Festival’s Résidence du Cinéfondation in Paris, where she worked on her script in 2007. An official selection of the San Sebastian Film Festival, "10 to 11" received many awards in various festivals around the world.

In 2012, she completed her 2'nd feature "Watchtower" which will be premiered in Toronto International Film festival.

Filmography

2012
fiction, 100 mins.

Toronto International Film Festival / Canada (World Premiere)
Official Selection
Adana Golden Boll Film Festival / Turkey (Turkey Premiere)
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Cinematography
Rotterdam International Film Festival / Holland ( European Premiere )
(Official Selection)
Göteborg International Film Festival / Switzerland
(Official Selection)
Nuremberg Turkey - Germany Film Festival / Germany
Best Actress Award
Texas Victoria Indie Film Festival / USA
Crossroads Award
RxSM Underground Film Expo / USA
Best Actress Award
Brasilia International Film Festival / Brazil
Best Actress Award
Mannheim Turkish Films Festival / Germany
Jury Prize
Tashkent International Film Forum / Uzbekistan
Best Film - Golden Guepard
Romania International Film Festival / Romania
Festival Trophy

2009
fiction, 110 mins.

San Sebastian Film Festival
[official selection]
Istanbul International Film Festival / Turkey
Special Prize Of The Jury
Adana Golden Boll Film Festival / Turkey
Best Film
Best Screenplay
Middle East International Film Festival / UAE
Best New Middle Eastern Director
Tromso International Film Festival / Norway
FIPRESCI Award
Nürnberg Turkish-German Film Festival / Germany
Best Film
Critics Award
Ankara Film Festival / Turkey
Best Director
Onat Kutlar Best Screenplay
Best Art Direction
Cinema Novo Film Festival / Belgium
Honourable Mention of the Main Jury
Honourable Mention of the Young Jury
Tetouan Film Festival/ Morocco
Special Prize Of The Jury
IndieLisboa Film Festival/ Portugal
Special Prize Of The Jury
Tofifest International Film Festival/Poland
Best Film
Eurasia Film Festival / Kazakhstan
Best Director

2005
feature documentary, 70 mins.

San Sebastian Film Festival
[official selection]
Tribeca
The Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award
Trieste
The Best Documentary Film Award
Créteil Women Films
The Best Documentary Film Award
Navarra Punto de Vista
The Audience Award
Nürnberg FF Turkey/Germany
The Special Prize Of The Jury
Vitoria New European Film
The Human Rights Award
Adana Golden Boll
The In Memoriam Yilmaz Guney Award
Boston Turkish Films
The Best Documentary Film Award
Centre Médittérrannéen de Comunication Audiovisuelle
The Best Mediterranean Documentary Grand Prix, FR3 and Algerian TV Awards
Turkish Cinema Writers Assoc. Awards
The Special Prize of the Jury

2002
short documentary, 46 mins.

Rome Independent Film Festival
Best Documentary Film Award
Ankara Film Festival
Second Best Documentary Film Award

PRESS ROOM

 

IMAGES ( MOVIE STILLS )

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DIRECTOR

 

IMAGES ( BEHIND THE SCENE STILLS )

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Contact

sinefilm
rıza paşa sok. konak ap. no:10/4 kadıköy istanbul / turkey

phone : +90 216 550 71 14
mobile : +90 539 596 61 82
e-mail : info@sinefilm.com

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