Documentary filmmaker Pelin Esmer makes her feature debut with Watchtower, a compelling character study of two people who are drawn to each other while seeking refuge from their private demons. Nihat (Olgun Simsek) has taken a position as a fire warden in a remote tower far out in the wilderness. Seher (Nilay Erdonmez) lives in a makeshift room at a rural bus station where she works as a coach hostess. 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 his mountainside watchtower. Much as the weight of the past presses on the silence between them, the good news is that there’s always hope to be found.
General admission is $10. MFAH members, senior adults, and students with ID receive a $2 discount.