The Wolf House (La Casa Lobo) [Online]
May 15–29, 2020
Maria, a young woman, finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired on the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, “The Wolf House” masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers.
“Visually stunning and horrifying.” — The New York Times
“Daring stop motion. One-of-a-kind animated feature.” — Cartoon Brew
“[the film] allows connections to be made with the children’s stories of the Grimm Brothers and the surreal impulse of Jan Svankmajer” — Cine Vértigo
When making films we prefer to dress in the skin of another. We believe that this is a way of thinking about how the notions of identity are created. In the case of The Wolf House, we try to become the leader of a dark sect and let him become the narrator and the permanent ghostly presence behind the camera.
The Wolf House is a feature film where beauty, fear, disorder and the narrative itself are born from the precarious and permanent states of change. It is the story of a beautiful young woman who is held captive, but it is also the story of a physical and mental world that falls apart, destroys itself and renews itself time and again.