Sophie Monks Kaufman presents… Fear Eats the Soul

Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. West Germany 1974. 1h 29m. German/Arabic/subs. Starring Brigitte Mira, El Hedi Ben Salem, Barbara Valentin


Channeling the iconic family melodrama of one of his heroes, Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder delivered what is widely considered to be one of his greatest works.

A sexagenarian German woman falls for a Moroccan migrant worker 25 years her junior, much to the disapproval of those around her.


“Visually and dramatically intense, it remains one of Fassbinder’s finest.” ~ Film4

“Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications.” ~ Variety


smkSophie Monks Kaufman is a writer, filmmaker and podcaster. She is currently the contributing editor for Little White Lies magazine and recently shot her debut short film, I Do Not Sleep. She owns two cats and feels more like a squid than a human.