THE CRIMINALS

Directed by Serhat Karaaslan

Produced by Laure Dahout

Turkey, 2021

24 min

Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together.

I love a story that gives you a glimpse into another culture. The Criminals thrusted me into a situation both familiar and foreign, when university sweethearts risk high crime punishments to seek a midnight rendezvous in Turkey. Director Serhat Karaaslan uses every tool in his arsenal to keep your heart pounding in this social realist thriller.

— Erin Brown Thomas, Artistic Director