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Directed by Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León

Chile, Germany 2018 75 mins. In Spanish, German with subtitles

Strongly resembling a contemporary version of the early works of Jan Švankmajer, Cociña and León’s feature debut is a harrowing fantasy that uses the true story of a Chilean commune (the Dignity Colony)—where child abuse was perpetrated by its religious patriarch—as the contextual jumping-off point. A young girl named Maria escapes the commune and finds herself assuming the role of matriarch in a house of pigs that magically transform into her children, all the while a wolf monitors their lives and watches as Maria rebuilds the very structure from which she has fled. “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 trauma of childhood abuse.” —Eve Tushnet, America Magazine.

Filmography: First feature

Content warning: scenes of implied violence and abuse

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