Monthly Archives: April 2014

Watchtower, Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm at the Community Room at Idaho First Bank, 475 Deinhard Lane


Seher (Nilay Erdonmez) in WATCHTOWER

Seher (Nilay Erdonmez) in WATCHTOWER


Watchtower is a drama filmed in Turkey which Wendy Mitchell, of Screendaily” calls “(A) lovely gem… Original, well-made and dramatically fulfilling” . Official selection of Toronto International Film Festival and winner of multiple awards at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival in Turkey.

Watchtower is directed and written by Pelin Esmer who was born and grew up in Istanbul. She started out as a documentary filmmaker and in 2005 she won the “The Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award” at the Tribeca Film Festival, for “The Play”.

“Watchtower” is about Nihat who is haunted by a tragic incident and has isolated himself by becoming a fire warden in a remote firepower. Seher lives in a makeshift room at a rural bus station, and she has taken a job as a bus hostess to escape her own traumatic past. Destined to come to a crossroads, they go about their solitary lives until their fates collide. Beginning at first as muted antagonism, their relationship quickly turns into tender domesticity as they settle together at Nihat’s mountain-side watchtower. Yet the weight of the past presses on the silence between them, serving as the ultimate catalyst in their impassioned relationship with each other, and with higher powers that guide their spiritual lives.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday April 10 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

The McCall Film Society in partnership with the McCall Public Library will be showing a series of independent and foreign films free of charge throughout the year. All movies are first run films not available on DVD rentals. The films are unrated and are not recommended for viewers under the age of 18. “Watchtower” is a TURKEY, FRANCE AND GERMANY  production made in  2012 with TURKISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES and is 100 MIN.


REVIEW: All Along the… Film Movement Find Companionship with Pelin Esmer’s WatchtowerBy Carlos Aguilar on March 28, 2013 


Pelin Esmer filmmaker and scriptwriter  of "Watchtower"

Pelin Esmer filmmaker and scriptwriter of “Watchtower”