Anna, a young female student living in Athens, returns to her
family’s large farm in the remote Greek countryside. She starts to
feel the tensions that lie, repressed, under the apparently tranquil
rural setting. Her father and mother are trapped in a loveless
marriage and her half brother, Anestis, seems even more of a
brooding and dangerous figure than ever before. Anna’s only real
friend is the mute servant girl, Hrysa, who many of the local
villagers see as some kind of saint due to her alleged sightings of
the Virgin Mary in the lonely corn fields that surround the farm.
Hrysa disappears and is reported missing. Anna soon suspects her
half brother is responsible and has probably killed the girl. She
starts to follow him, trying to trick him into a confession.
Realizing that she might become his next victim, Anna starts to fear
for her life. Confused and scared she accepts a marriage proposal
from a local man. It’s at the wedding ceremony, with the whole
village watching, that the truth finally emerges and the terrifying
last act of this rural psycho drama is played out.
was the third, and final, film made by director Kostas Manoussakis.
It was screened at the Berlin Film Festival and was widely sold
around the world. However, due to a series of problems, Manoussakis
never completed another feature. Now acclaimed as a classic and one
of the best Greek films of its era, The Fear has lost none of its
power to grip the viewer with its striking imagery and pulsing,
avant garde soundtrack. This is a world premier on home video,
restored from the original negative.
- Brand new 2k restoration from original negative
about the film and director Kostas Manoussakis
- Gallery of
stills and artwork; Video
- Remembering Elena Nathanail
Newly created English subtitles
“Fear is as wonderful as it is terrible: a film full of moments
of madness and boiling emotions”
Filmsucht.org, Tom Schünemann
“A minor masterpiece of Greek cinema, and one that has been
Film Bantha, Tom Bielby
slithering nightmare of sexuality and terror” Bob McCully,