The Wolf House

New Synagogue – Sphere
Year:  2018
Duration:  75
Director:  Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León
Sections:  Feature Films

Young Maria finds refuge in a strange house in southern Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the house by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the building. The universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings, slowly becoming a nightmare.
This claustrophobic horror film uses techniques atypical for feature-length animation, such as animating large wall paintings or actual size human puppets. In a unique manner, the film invokes the spirit of a not-so-distant chapter of Chile’s history. Under Pinochet’s ‘protecting hand’, the actual Colony Dignidad (Dignity) was run by Paul Schäfer, a former Nazi, who appears in the film as the narrator’s voice (actual archive footage was used).