The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes.
— Glenn Kenny, New York Times
The Wolf House
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.
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The feature film The Wolf House was shot frame by frame using digital photography. The film is a single sequence shot. All of the aesthetic elements in “La Casa Lobo” are in a permanent state of change. Like in dreams, where one person can assimilate the attributes of another, the story and characters of the film take on different materialities. All of the changes in the house, characters and objects emphasize the permanent under-construction reality of the film.
The characters are represented in two ways: first as animated puppets made out of paper, cardboard, masking tape and paint; and second as animated drawings on the walls of the house. The animation not only includes the movement of the characters, but also how they appear, vanish and transform from one state to another.
The house moves and transforms constantly. These changes can be interpreted as earthquakes, as dreams or as manifestations of the house’s will. We see how the house is destroyed, reshaped and reconstructed. These alterations are performed through wall drawings and paintings, the creation of real cracks and holes, and the movement, destruction and mutation of the furniture.
The audio landscape is composed of the voices of the characters, ambient sound, foley and vocal music design. These elements meld into one sound structure designed to confuse the borders between the different elements. The film attempts to evoke Walt Disney’s children’s cinema and horror films.