Evoking Colonia Dignidad, an infamous torture colony operating during the Pinochet regime, The Wolf House is an animated film unlike any other, an exquisitely handcrafted surrealist docu-horror-fairy tale about one of Chile’s darkest periods. When María, a young girl newly escaped from a community of German religious extremists in southern Chile, takes shelter in a mysterious house in the woods, she finds herself plunged into a dreamlike rabbit hole of frighteningly mutable surfaces and substances. Using stop-motion techniques and combining elements of various fables, photography, drawing, sculpture, and stage performance, Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León have created a nightmarish shapeshifter of a film.

Preceded by
The Bones
Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, 2021, Chile, 14m
Spanish with English subtitles
Winner of the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival, this animated stop-motion film narrates the unearthing of corpses for an expiatory ritual that seeks to free Chile from its authoritarian and oligarchic past.