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History of Fear

Fall Grant 2013 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Benjamin Naishtat / Feature Narrative / Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, France, Qatar / 2014 / 79 min / Colour / Original Language: Spanish / Interests: Drama, Suspense


Pola spends his days trimming grass and taking care of a football court in a gated community in the outer suburbs of Buenos Aires, not far from where the urban landscape gives way to wilderness. He despises the people he works for, yet adores the hypocritical way in which the inhabitants treat him with respectful indulgence. Furthermore, he loathes the people who have started setting up some sort of camp in the nearby wasteland, believing they have come to steal and ruin the peaceful environment of the community.


Benjamin Naishtat
Benjamin Naishtat
Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli

About the Director

Born in 1986 in Buenos Aires, Benjamin Naishtat started studying cinema at Buenos Aires University and pursued his studies at le Fresnoy – National Contemporary Art Studio, in France. His work includes fictions: El Juego (short-film, 2010) selected at Cannes Cinefondation - as well as experimental works: Historia del mal (2011), screened in Rotterdam and in several international exhibitions. His first feature film, Historia del miedo was in Competition in Berlin in 2014.

Production Company Profile

Rei Cine was created to provide a creative platform for groundbreaking filmmakers in Buenos Aires. Completed films as main producer include Benjamin Naishtat’s ‘History of Fear’ (2014), Jazmin López’s ‘Leones’ (2012), Adrián Villar Rojas’s ‘What Fire Brought to Me’ (2013) and Gonzalo Tobal’s ‘Villegas’ (2012); all of these were successfully distributed worldwide and selected for major festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam and Locarno, among many others. In 2013, we launched Rei Distribucion, a distribution label based in Argentina. Specialising in tailor-made releases of Latin American films, we handle titles like Dominga Sotomayor’s ‘Thursday Till Sunday’ (2012), Carlos Reygadas’s ‘Post Tenebras Lux’ (2012), and Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s ‘So Much Water’ (2013).

Awards and Festival History


Berlin International Film Festival / 2014 / Official Competition
San Francisco International Film Festival / 2014 / Official Selection
Jeonju International Film Festival / 2014 / International Competition


Grand Prize for international competition / 2014 / Jeonju International Film Festival
New Directors Prize / 2014 / San Francisco International Film Festival


  • Main Contact

    Benjamin Domenech

    Rei Cine SRL

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