- The Wolf House
- La Casa Lobo
- Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León
- May 15, 2020 through
- May 21, 2020
“Astounding … The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes.”Glenn Kenny, New York Times
A horrific episode from Chile’s past makes for suitably nightmarish cinema in famed Chilean animators Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León’s mesmerizing stop-motion feature debut. Drawing from the real-life atrocities committed at Colonia Dignidad — a German commune in the south of Chile that doubled as a torture camp and cult during Pinochet’s reign of terror — The Wolf House follows a young woman, María, as she flees the colony and finds shelter in a derelict cottage deep in the woods. There she discovers two pigs, whom she decides to raise as her children and protect from the hungry wolf outside. Framed as a cautionary fairy tale told to indoctrinate the enclave’s youth, the eerie, Brothers Grimm-esque work was produced over five years as an evolving art installation across numerous galleries and museums. Its captivating grotesqueries, a crude bricolage of paint, furniture, and mutating papier-mâché dolls, recall the haunting stop-motion curios of Jan Švankmajer, the Brother Quay, and early David Lynch. Caligari Prize, Berlinale Forum 2018.
“A creative tour de force whose endlessly fascinating visuals are deliberately seductive and repellent in equal measure.” Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter
“Intricate and distinctive artistry … Reminiscent of an Eraserhead-style Lynchian nightmare turned into sculpture, paintings, and stop-motion.” Sarah Ward, Screen
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The Wolf House is only available to watch in Canada.
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Free Live Q&A
May 21 (Thursday) 6:00 pm PDT / 9:00 pm EDT
After streaming the movie, join the filmmakers for a special Facebook Live Q&A moderated by film critic and writer Carlos Aguilar, hosted by KimStim. RSVP for the Q&A and submit your questions in advance or just tune into FB Live on KimStim’s Facebook page on May 21.
In light of the ongoing situation, The Cinematheque's theatre will remain closed until further notice. As an organization committed to shared cultural experiences, we will continue to bring you moments of cinematic joy through our online channels and will look forward to welcoming you back to our theatre as soon as it is safe to do so. More information can be found here.