Archive of films Fear X / Fear X

Denmark / United Kingdom
2003, 91 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2003

After his wife is murdered, Harry loses all purpose in life. Suffering hallucinations, strange visions and phantoms, he wants nothing else but to understand why his wife died. But Harry has to discover this for himself... Starring John Turturro.


Fear X tells the story of Harry Cain, a security guard working in a shopping mall in Utah. His world comes crashing down when his wife is murdered while he is on duty. He is the victim of nightmares, phantoms and hallucinations, he can’t concentrate on anything and is driven only by the determination to find out why it all happened. The police have no answers for him, so Harry and his friends start up an investigation on their own which leads Harry to a small town in Montana. He suffers inhuman agonies but he senses he is close to the truth. An explanation is supposed to come from an unknown woman whose face he had seen in a photograph he found in a house across the street. The only lead he has is a restaurant in Montana. Here, the staff do, indeed, know the woman – she is called Cassandra and her husband is a policeman. Someone of influence doesn’t want the truth of the whole incident to come out. Harry’s bizarre visions which lead him to his goal get stronger and stronger.…

About the director

Nicolas Winding Refn was born (1970) in Denmark but he spent most of his youth in New York. At 18 he returned home where he began studying film photography. He was awarded a grant to make a film while studying directing at the National Film School. His unusual debut, Pusher (1996), screened that same year at the IFF in Venice, and was acclaimed all over the world. He followed this with Bleeder in 1999. Fear X, scripted by Hubert Selby Jr., is his third film and also his first made in English.


Moviehouse Entertainment
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Danish Film Institute
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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenplay: Nicolas Winding Refn, Hubert Selby, Jr.
Dir. of Photography: Larry Smith
Music: Brian Eno
Editor: Anne Østerud
Producer: Henrik Danstrup
Production: NWR APS
Cast: John Turturro, James Remar, Deborah Kara Unger
Contact: Moviehouse Entertainment, Danish Film Institute, NWR APS


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