Watchtower - Passport to World Cinema
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts are proud to present Passport to World Cinema, a handpicked selection of the year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the monthly screenings will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur. The ongoing partnership, now in its second year, encourages cinematic discussion and film education among local students and audiences via contemporary masterpieces.
About the film
In a remote town in rural Turkey, a man stationed as a lookout in a forest fire tower begins a relationship with a mysterious woman. As their lives begin to entwine, the two discover that their respective dark secrets may soon collide in this stirring drama.
Director: Pelin Esmer
Cast: Olgun Simsek, Nilay Erdonmez, Menderes Samancilar, Laçin Ceylan, Riza Akin
Run time: 100 minutes
Official Selection of:
Film Discussion led by Sunka Simon
Professor Simon is an authority on popular German culture; feminist criticism; poststructuralist literary theory and cultural studies (Wien und Berlin; Gender, Genre, and Utopia; Body-Talk: Engendering the Female Body; Gender and Race in European Cinema).
She has published journal articles and book chapters on German popular culture and film and is the author of Mail-Orders (State University of New York Press, 2002) which explores the contemporary uses of letters and letter writing-including electronic mail-in literature, film, and art. Her next book,Eurovision: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Place in Popular German Culture, 1950-2000 is a cultural media study of the interdependent constructions of space, gender, race, class, and memory in popular German-language hits on radio, TV, and in literature and film.
Professor Simon received an M.A. from Universität Hamburg and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
General Admission: $5.00
PFS Members: FREE
UArts Current Students & Faculty: FREE
When & Where
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)’s mission is to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the Roxy theater, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change.