The Wolf House
La Casa Lobo
Fleeing a fundamentalist colony seemed like a good idea, but Maria’s nightmare is only beginning. This animated tale is not for kids.
A young lady named Maria loses three pigs owned by a German settlement cloistered in the mountains of Southern Chile. Sentenced to a hundred days of solitary confinement, she chooses to escape into the woods, where she finds refuge in a deserted house. But Maria doesn’t get a happy ending just yet—she is haunted by a malevolence that morphs her very reality.
The Wolf House is inspired by the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a German commune that doubled as a secret torture camp under Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Directors Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña distill the horrors of history into a hellish folk tale, crudely animated with rough-hewn models and disintegrating sets that challenge the polished nature of mainstream animation. The result is sinister and hypnotic. If David Lynch directed animation, this would be it.
Cast & Credits
Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña are Chilean filmmakers. In 2007, they founded the artist collective Diluvio with Niles Atallah and have since collaborated on a series of award-winning shorts. The Wolf House is their debut feature, animated in the signature stop-motion style they developed in Lucía (2007) and Luis (2008).
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*Caligari Film Prize, Berlin International FIlm Festival 2018
*Official Selection, San Sebastian Intetnational Film Festival 2018