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The Wolf House(La casa lobo)

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Chile, Germany · 2018
1h 15m
Director Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña
Starring Amalia Kassai, Rainer Krause, Karina Hyland, Carlos Cociña
Genre Animation, Drama, Horror

This awe-inspiring animated horror is set against the backdrop of Colonia Dignidad in Chile—a sectarian community tyrannically ruled by the ruthless Paul Schäfer, a German madman, religious fanatic, and child predator. A girl, María is punished for having lost three pigs, and attempts to run away and take refuge in an abandoned house hidden deep within the forest.

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Austin Chronicle by

There's no doubt of the ingenuity, imagination, and extraordinary craft on display. Yet, even at a concise 73 minutes, there's a question of, to what end?


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

This is powerful and uniquely disquieting cinema that should reward the curiosity of those brave enough to seek it out, but you can only stare into a bottomless abyss for so long before you lose the will to keep looking.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jonathan Holland

Fusing Grimm, the early shorts of David Lynch and the stop-motion work of Jan Svankmajer into a visually engrossing, reference-rich and disturbing tale about the mental delirium of a young girl, 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.

88 by Matt Fagerholm

Its visual landscape is unlike any I’ve experienced, and though everything about it is aggressively repellant, it still managed to hold me in a constant state of gobsmacked awe.


Screen Daily by Sarah Ward

As fascinating as the film’s production process proves, it’s the results of their creative labours that entrance and enchant.


Slant Magazine by Steven Scaife

The film’s animation leans into its most jerky, artificial qualities, all the better to enhance the atmosphere of bizarre unreality.


Variety by Tomris Laffly

It’s an endless metamorphosis that unfolds like some kind of real-time art installation, and in all honesty, it can be a touch overwhelming to take in at times — which is why the digital release of The Wolf House is a blessing in disguise, as audiences can rewind to fully appreciate this awe-inspiring film’s layers of details.

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