Turkish-French-German co-production, winner at Ro-IFF

The Turkish-French-German co-production ‘Watchtower’ was designated Sunday, in premier, by the vote of the public, as winner of the Ro-IFF Trophy 2013. The film, a drama written and directed by Pelin Esmer, from Turkey, who was also present in Ro-IFF 2011 with her first feature film, was projected Sunday evening, on the last day of the festival, at Sala Union (Paul Calinescu), of Cinemateca Romana.
A man and a woman seek refuge from the rest of the world: Nihat in a remote watchtower hidden deep within a forest and Seher in her room, at a bus stop in a rural zone. Hiding from people and waging their own battles with their consciences, they are drawn to each other. When their lives collide, they will both have to fight their respective wars under each other’s eyes, explains the synopsis of the film.
The Best Director award of the CineBlackSea section, decided by the public as well, was granted this year to Bulgarian director Iliya Kostov for the dramatic comedy ‘The sunny side,’ about a 100 year old submerged church that surfaces every once in a while, to immediately sink again in the water of a huge reservoir.
The public also decided the Best Director award of the ‘Woman in Cinema’ section, which went this year to Polish director Malgoœka Szumowska, for the drama with thriller accents ‘In the name of…’ In this film, father Adam takes over a small parish, in a remote area, where he organises a community centre for boys with a troubled past.
Romania International Film Festival is the only festival that promotes the Eastern-European cinema of the Black Sea region (especially through the CineBlackSea section) and also the only such event in Romania that has a section dedicated to woman directors from all over the world (Woman in Cinema).

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