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History of Fear

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History of Fear (Historia del miedo)

Directed by Benjamín Naishtat

  • Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, France 2014; 79 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Thriller
    • New Directors Award - San Francisco IFF
    • Best Film (Art International Competition), FIPRESCI Award - T-Mobile New Horizons IFF

  • Berlin IFF

  • From the director of ROJO presented at CineMart
    From the director of ROJO presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market


A police helicopter circles over a gated community on the outskirts of a large city. Something must have happened. The very first shot of this directorial debut conveys the paranoia which shrouds this film about the fears of an increasingly detached social class. Even a hole in the fence represents a life-threatening event. The other side of their self-made barrier marks the beginning of a social netherworld where they are convinced dubious and unpredictable creatures with designs on their wealth are lurking. The camera takes a step back to capture but also to question in grotesque and absurd tableaux this diffuse anxiety and almost primeval fear. When Argentina was rocked by a severe economic crisis several years ago, politicians exploited people’s fears in order to foster a general feeling of insecurity. In his ironic portrait of a constantly fragmenting society, Benjamin Naishtat ponders this development.




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