Being a resident of the Coachella Valley in the summer isn’t always fabulous…in fact, some days are just flat-out hard. One of my favorite ways to avoid the heat, and the painful reality that often comes with it, is by leaving it all behind (or outside) as I relax in the theater and drift off to foreign lands through stories told over the silver screen. In the theater is where you can sink deep into your seat, soak up the air conditioning and travel to far-a-way lands all while watching a fantastic foreign film. This Thursday, the Palm Springs Art Museum invites you to join them on a voyage to Turkey’s via Toll Booth.
Don’t get left behind, details below:
This Thursday evening….
…travel to far off lands of Turkey
via a foreign film presented by Global Lens…
Toll Booth, 2010
at the Palm Springs Art Museum‘s Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive Palm Springs, CA
A taciturn tollbooth attendant shuffles between a suffocating home life with his ailing father and the monotony of the box where he works. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off while determined to prove his worth by fixing his family’s broken-down car, he drives himself toward a nervous breakdown. After a reassignment to a desolate country road, he begins a flirtatious relationship with a woman who drives by each day. But is this salvation for the aging bachelor, or the further unraveling of his mind? An expert cast and keen art direction contribute to this wry, heartbreaking ode to lost dreams in a sleepwalking world.
About the Director
Tolga Karaçelik was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1981. After receiving his law degree from Marmara University, he studied film at New York Film Academy. His short film, Rapunzel, received the Audience Award for short films at the SOHO International Film Festival in 2010. He also wrote and directed the music video for Çelik Çomak by the Turkish band Gevende. Toll Booth is his first feature film.
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