The Country of Fear

(El país del miedo)
Francisco Espada | Drama, Fiction, Thriller

2015 | 102 minutes | Spain

A festival favorite, The Country of Fear touches upon one of the most talk about behavioral issues happening on campus these days: bullying.


A festival favorite, The Country of Fear touches upon one of the most talk about behavioral issues happening on campus these days: bullying.

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

"Great intensity and irritability in the characters that uncover themselves little by little, with the perseverance of a good job that shows us that sometimes the childish mental underworlds are not so different from those of the grown-up universe." — Susana Peral, Cineralia

"Disturbing. The most impressive and daring from late Spanish cinema." — Carlos Loureda, Fotogramas

Main credits

Espada, Francisco (film director)
Espada, Francisco (film producer)
Espada, Francisco (screenwriter)
García-Pérez, José Luis (actor)
Plazas, Cristina (actor)
elasco, Eduardo (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Ernesto Herrera; editor, Jorge Berzosa; music, Antonio Meliveo.

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Goya Awards® - Best Original Song Nominee
CINEMED International Mediterranean Film Festival in Montpellier
Montréal World Film Festival
NYC Independent Film Festival
SEMINCI Valladolid International Film Festival
Icaro International Film Festival Guatemala

DIRECTOR: Francisco Espada


YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Drama, Fiction, Thriller


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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