Beware Big Brother

Beware Big Brother

2 Episodes

Two politically charged thrillers bristling with unseen menace evoke the ever-present sense of dread that underpins life in an authoritarian surveillance state. Winner of a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Serhat Karaaslan’s THE CRIMINALS follows a young Turkish couple whose search for a hotel room takes a disturbing turn when an unexpected visitor intrudes. Then, THE EAR is listening in Karel Kachyňa’s long-banned Czechoslovak New Wave classic in which another couple descends into a spiral of fear and paranoia when they discover that their house has been bugged.

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Beware Big Brother
  • The Criminals

    Episode 1

    Directed by Serhat Karaaslan • 2021 • France, Turkey
    Starring Deniz Altan, Lorin Merhart, Ercan Kesal

    Late one evening in a Turkish town, a young, unmarried couple attempt to find a hotel room to spend the night in. A simple act of deception plunges them into a disturbing encounter with a rigidl...

  • The Ear

    Episode 2

    Directed by Karel Kachyňa • 1970 • Czechoslovakia

    This paranoid surveillance thriller unfolds over the course of a tense, turbulent night in the life of Ludvík (Radoslav Brzobohatý), a Communist party official, and his wife Anna (Jiřina Bohdalová). Returning home from a party one evening, the pa...