The Wolf House
“The Wolf House succeeds on every level: as an innovative stop-motion animation film; as a disturbing horror film; as a commentary on Chilean history; and as a meditation on the rationalizations for and trauma of childhood abuse” – America Magazine
“The deeply uncanny pic makes for an unsettling viewing experience, a creative tour de force whose endlessly fascinating visuals are deliberately seductive and repellent in equal measure.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Official Selection: Fantasia Film Festival, Offscreen Film Festival, MIAFF, Vancouver International Film Festival
Inspired by the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a German commune that doubled as a clandestine torture camp under Augusto Pinochet, The Wolf House distils the horrors of history into a hellish folktale - an exquisitely handcrafted surrealist docu-horror that challenges the very nature of mainstream animation. The story follows María, a teen who runs away to avoid impending punishment. With a wolf hot on her heels, she finds shelter in a house that changes shape at will. The place seems abandoned, except for some pigs that Maria attempts to mould into children, a decision she soon comes to regret. Using stop-motion techniques and combining elements of various fables, photography, sketches, sculpture, and stage performance, Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León have crafted a piece of filmmaking that is remarkably assured in its intentions and astute in how it achieves them. This is a dark, compelling, enigmatic puzzle box of a film that will continue to burrow deep into your subconscious long after the credits roll.