Director Pelin Esmer

Production year 2012

Length 100min.

Country France/German/Turkey


Haunted by a tragic incident, Nihat has isolated himself as the fire warden of a remote fire spotting station. At a rural bus station in the region, Seher has taken a job as a hostess. Through a series of events, their lives are brought together and their pasts exposed. Reluctantly choosing companionship over isolation, the pair develops an uneven domestic partnership that allows them to redevelop compassion in their lives and work through their personal pain.


Don Quixote Award, Ecumenical Jury Award | Fribourg IFF, Germany, 2013


Pelin Esmer
Pelin Esmer



Tolga Esmer, Nida Karabol Akdeniz, Pelin Esmer


Pelin Esmer

Director of Photography

Ozgur Eken

Production designer

Osman Ozcan


Kasper Munck-Hansen


Ayhan Ergursel, Pelin Esmer


Olgun Şimşek, Nilay Erdonmez, Menderes Samani lar, Laçin Ceylan, Riza Akin

Production company(ies)

Sinefilm Akinci Bayiri Sok, Turkey Bredok Film Production, Arizona Films

Pelin Esmer

Born 1972, Istanbul, Turkey. After majoring in sociology in Istanbul, Esmer attended the cinema workshop of the Turkish director Yavuz Ozkan. She worked as a first assistant director in a number of Turkish and foreign projects and gave lectures about documentary filmmaking 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 was screened in many festivals. Her first feature documentary Oyun was premiered at the San Sebastian IFF in 2005, and screened in 50 festivals around the world.


The Collector (2002, doc.), The Play (2005, doc.), 10 to 11 (2009), Watchtower (2012).

FILMS 2013