Somewhere in Europe, mid-20th century.

Albert is employed to look after Mia, a girl with teeth of ice. Mia never leaves their apartment, where the shutters are always closed. The telephone rings regularly and the Master enquires after Mia’s wellbeing.

Until the day Albert is instructed that he must prepare the child to leave...


"Now 60 and only three features into her career, Hadzihalilovic is one of the very few filmmakers who actually qualifies as “Lynchian” and I hope she comes back around more often"

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE - Sept 10, 2021 - Vadim Rizov

"Earwig is Hadzihalilovic's first English language film, but it’s her dreary discombobulating of space and time that makes her newest flick stand out"

THE PLAYLIST - Sept 7, 2021 - Andrew Bundy 

"It does show how Hadžhalilović is a rare breed among genre directors today, especially those specializing in body horror. Like a good surgeon, she works at her own rhythm, administering gore and violence with extreme caution, killing us but doing it ever so softly. The knife cuts carefully but it cuts deep"

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - September 10, 2021 

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Albert: Paul Hilton

Mia: Romane Hemelaers

Celeste: Romola Garaï

Laurence: Alex Lawther

The Stranger: Peter Van Den Begin

Marie: Anastasia Robin

The Dentist: Michael Pas

The Concierge: Isabelle De Hertogh

The Receptionist: Marie Bos


Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Screenplay: Lucile Hadzihalilovic & Geoff Cox

Based on EARWIG, a novel by B. Catling

Cinematography: Jonathan Ricquebourg

Set Design: Julia Irribarria

Saliva-Collecting Apparatus: Marc Caro

Benoît Polvêche ~ Christine Polis

Original Music: Augustin Viard produced by Warren Ellis

Crystal Baschet: Artist Nicolas Becker

Editing: Adam Finch



Anti-Worlds • Andy Starke

Petit Film • Jean des Forêts ~ Amélie Jacquis

British Film Institute

Channel Four Television Corporation

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