The Wolf House

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    The Wolf House

    La casa lobo

    Directed by

    Chile

    2018

    75 min

    • Spanish
    • German

    Animation

    The stories come in layers. There’s the one narrated at the start, about the joyful community of Germans living in dignity in the south of Chile. It may be set to wholesome archive footage of mountains and rosy cheeks, but even the narrator mentions the rumours, the other, less savoury tales that also circulate. There’s the story that appears as text on the screen, of a girl from the colony, Maria, who fled into the forest to avoid punishment, it in turn involves three little pigs and a big bad wolf. Then there’s the narrative that takes up the bulk of the film, the story of what happens once Maria enters the house she finds in the woods, rendered in intricate, mesmerising stop motion animation. But it’s less a story than an exploration of a space, for the house is never at rest. Pictures dance across the walls, pieces of furniture appear and disappear, rooms expand and contract, lights flicker, figures sprout from the floor like trees. Soon even she herself and the pigs she finds there begin to lose their stable form. As the house shakes and shudders around her, it’s as if it too is trying to tell her something, another story maybe or just a warning? “Once upon a time…”

    Awards

    • Jury Distinction - Annecy IAFF
    • Audience Award, Héctor Ríos Prize - FIC Valdivia

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Amalia Kassai
    Rainer Krause
    Screenplay
    Cristóbal León
    Joaqín Cociña
    Alejandra Moffat
    Cinematography
    Cristóbal León
    Joaquín Cociña
    Production
    DILUVIO

    Press

    Fairy tales, folklore and remarkable animation combine in this fantastical Chilean tale.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    Joaquín Cociña

    Joaquín Cociña

    Chile

    Born in Conceptión, Chile in 1980. He studied Design and Art. THE WOLF HOUSE is his first feature film.

    Selected Filmography

    Cristóbal León

    Cristóbal León

    Chile

    Born in Santiago, Chile in 1980. He studied Design and Art at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago de Chile in Santiago, and Art and Media at Berlin University of the Arts. In 2007, he co-founded the production company Diluvio with Joaquín Cociña and Niles Atallah in Santiago. Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña have worked together since then. THE WOLF HOUSE is their first feature film.