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The Antenna

Paranoia reigns in this arresting hybrid of body horror and social commentary, which promises to be one of the year’s most subversive genre films.

Dir-Scr Orçun Behram
Prod Orçun Behram, Müge Özen
With Ihsan Önal, Gül Arici
Turkey
2019
115min
Sales Stray Dogs
With English subtitles

Mehmet, the superintendent of a dilapidated high-rise apartment block is tasked with overseeing the installation of a government-imposed satellite dish, designed to monitor information in the building. Shortly after construction begins, the portentous death of an engineer signals the arrival of something far more suspicious than mere surveillance. As inexplicable transmissions infiltrate the homes of the residents, so does a strange black ooze that seeps through the walls. Invoking the corporeal preoccupations of early Cronenberg by way of Tetsuo: The Iron Man – and a dash of Lamberto Bava’s Demons 2 thrown in for good measure – Orçun Behram’s dystopian sci-fi shocker is a thing of grotesque beauty, offering an audacious allegory for freedom of speech in contemporary Turkey. Big Brother is watching…

Michael Blyth

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