VIFF 2014: History of Fear is long on atmosphere

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      History of Fear (Argentina)  

      Like Brazil’s Neighboring Sounds, from last year, this Argentine effort is long on atmosphere and short on storytelling specifics. But there are more deeply resonating rewards if you’re willing to yield to new filmmaker Benjamín Naishtat’s allegorical, impressionistic look at the precarious middle class, here represented by denizens of a gated community who find themselves wandering through a fog of anxiety and the haze left from fires inexplicably lit by a nearby swamp—itself recalling Argentinian Lucrecia Martel’s influential La Ciénaga.

      SFU, September 30 (1 p.m.); Vancity, October 8 (9:30 p.m.); Rio, October 10 (2 p.m.)