Mania (1985)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Greece, West Germany  |  
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In a one-man tour-de-force, George Panoussopoulos wrote, directed, and did just about everything except star in this curious, inventive story about primal nature and a modern woman. Zoe (Alessandra Vanzi) is tapped to go to the U.S. for some specialized computer training because she is a whiz in her job as a program analyst. The married mother of two is happy about her distinction, but when she decides to stroll through the National Gardens of Athens with her daughter one day, something unexpected and unexplained starts to happen. Circumstances lead Zoe to an awareness that she has powerful, primitive, ancient forces still strong within her, and she has the ability to open them up if she chooses. But when she does so, her own identity starts to recede, and the children and animals in the park are frightened -- and start an outright panic. The police are called in, and Zoe's own existence is threatened.