March 25: El país del Miedo/ Country of Fear (España, 2015)
Saturday, March 25, 2:00pm
McKnight Hall Auditorium, CONE 320, UNC Charlotte Main Campus
Director Francisco Espada
Spain, 2015, 102 min.
Spanish with English subtitles
The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.
Introduction by Susana Cisneros, Lecturer in Spanish, UNC Charlotte and Lucila Ruvalcaba. Post-screening discussion facilitated by a student panel.
Bullying is not a thing of the past for colleague students (US Today.) A festival favorite, The Country of Fear touches upon one of the most talk about behavioral issues happening on campus these days. Carlos, Sara, and their preteen son Pablo, live a peaceful middle-class life until Sara begins to notice things disappearing in the house. She blames the Moroccan maid and eventually fires her. But the stealing doesn’t stop; Pablo is the culprit. Fearful, Carlos decides to follow Pablo to school where he discovers that a 13-year-old classmate, Marta, is bullying and extorting Pablo. But resolving the affair isn’t that easy and he becomes Marta’s victim as well. Carlos’s inability to defend himself or his son, pushes him to a series of anguished situations that would lead him to make the wrong decisions.
“The Country of Fear hits the target of the most serious problem we are suffering now: the vulnerability of an intimidated and subdued society. (…) An audacious proposal that leaves the spectator in an anxiety state difficult to get rid of. ” – Jesús García de Dueñas , SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF FILM HISTORIANS
“Disturbing. The most impressive and daring from late Spanish cinema.” – Carlos Loureda, FOTOGRAMAS