The Criminals

Les Criminels

Directed by Serhat Karaaslan


Drama , Thriller

24 min


France Romania Turkey






Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together. They are rejected from all hotels for not having a marriage certificate. Once they believe they’ve found a trick to use, the situation gets out of hand.


Screened at Sundance, SXSW and Palm Springs International Shortfest

Relevant Details

140+ selections, 50+ awards



  • Sundance Film Festival | Special Jury Award for Screenwriting
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival | Best International Short Film Fiction Award
  • South By Southwest (SXSW) |
  • Cinemed Montpellier |
  • Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen |
  • Prague Short Film Festival |
  • Vienna Shorts Festival |
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest | Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes Award
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia |
  • Valladolid International Film Festival | Best Foreign Short Film Award
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival | Best International Short Film Fiction Award
  • Festival Tous Courts |


  • Les Césars | Best Live-Action Short Film Shortlist
  • Academy Awards | Best Live-Action Short Film Shortlist
  • Flickerfest International Short Film Festival |
  • La Guarimba | Best Fiction Award
  • Edinburgh Short Film Festival |

Cast & Crew

Serhat Karaaslan
Laure Dahout
Production Company:
Tiresias Films

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