Wakolda (The German Doctor) (15)
Director: Lucia Puenzo
Starring: Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Alex Brendemuhl
Argentina/France/Spain/Norway, 2013, 1 hour 33 minutes, Spanish with subtitles
Gently striking, achingly tense, this subtly explores the shifting relationship between the dimunitive Lilith, a blonde, blue-eyed Argentinian girl, and Josef Menegle, the Nazi doctor on the run for his crimes at Auschwitz. The tension that comes from knowing Mengele’s past - of which Lilith and her family are unaware - becomes almost unbearable as his relationship with Lilith grows closer. As in her previous film XXY, Puenzo again immerses us in the world of an adolescent girl as she becomes aware of the emotional conflicts she sparks and the impact she has on the adults around her. Beautifully shot against the beautiful, bleak Patagonian mountains with fine performances all round, this is a consistently intriguing, wonderfully atmospheric film from one of the world’s top female directors.
Lucia Puenzo (director of Wakolda) interview on the WOW blog: http://www.wowfilmfestival.com/en/blog/item/49-lucia-puenzo