Fear

Directed by Ivaylo Hristov
Film Movement
2020
100 Minutes
Bulgaria
Bulgarian, English
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated

Svetla, a strong-willed widow, lives alone in a small Bulgarian village close to the Turkish border. She has recently lost her job as a teacher due to the lack of families with young children. One day, while hunting in a forest, she encounters an African refugee, Bamba, who is trying to reach Germany, and will bring about a dramatic turn in her life. Reluctantly, she offers him hospitality, but day after day, a bond develops as Bamba learns the language and takes part in her daily life. Svetla will make life-changing choices that go against her traditional community creating a revolt among the villagers. Absurd, comic and tragic situations ensue as she breaks barriers of loneliness, close mindedness and fear of the outsider.

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  • "A marvelously acerbic offbeat comedy which has its roots firmly embedded in a human drama."
    Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia
  • "There is a genuine warmth in the connection between Svetla and Bamba. Scenes in which they talk, at cross purposes and about completely different things, somehow result in a shared and satisfying understanding."
    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
  • "Hristov uses humour to give his film broad mainstream appeal. He strikes a careful balance, allowing the absurdity of the situation to shine out...."
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
  • "There is fine grotesque humour and a sense of hard-won humanity in Fear, which focuses on the individual to light up the global. With a premise that won't fall into a Balkan rom-com genre type, the film becomes a moral fable of learning, embracing the unknown. It is finely acted, well-placed in its setting and immensely penetrating in the characteristics of folk small-mindedness."
    Vassilis Kroustallis, Film Is A Fine Affair
Winner
Grand Prize - Best Film
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Winner
Best Film
Golden Rose Film Festival
Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film
Santa Barbara Int'l. Film Festival
Nominated
Best Film
Trieste Film Festival