The Wolf House

dir. Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León

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María seeking refuge in a mysterious house in south Chile after running away from a crazy german religious cult. There, she is welcomed by two pigs, the only two inhabitants of the place. As in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to María's feelings. The animals, slowly, morph into human beings as the house turns into a nightmarish world. Made in stop motion, and inspired by the happenings in the colonia Dignidad, a torture center within the Pinochet's regime, The Wolf House appears to be a cartoonish fairy tale that turns into a dark universe of gothic allusions and psychologic horror.

Director / Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña Screenplay / Cristóbal León, Joaqín Cociña, Alejandra Moffat Production / Catalina Vergara, Niles Atallah Producera / Diluvio, Globo Rojo Cinematography / Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña Sound / Claudio Vargas Art director / Joaquín Cociña, Natalia Geisse, Cristóbal León Cast / Amalia Kassai (Voice) ,Rainer Krause (Voice)

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Animación, 75 min.

Joaquín Cociña

Chile, 1980. Artist and filmmaker. He obtained his bachelor's degree in fine arts at the Universidad Católica de Chile. He participated in various exhibitions in Chile. Moreover, he has also worked as a writer, illustrator and a backdrop designer for the theatre.

Cristóbal León

Chile, 1980. Artist and filmmaker. He finished his bachelors degree in design at the Universidad Católica de Chile. He later obtained a grant from the DAAD in 2007 and left for Berlin for a one-year programme at the UdK in 2009. In 2011 León became a participant artist at ‘The Ateliers’ in Amsterdam. He is also the brother of Alejandro León, architect and occasional artist.


They have been working together since 2007. Their experimental films create a new ground for interpretation of religious symbolism and of the magic rituals that are deeply rooted within traditional Latin American culture. For their film productions, they combine different techniques such as photography, drawing, sculpture, dance and performance. A rare cinematographic languaje, 'less polished', is very characteristic of their stop-motion films. Papier mache figures and innocent looking little drawings are constested against themes like religion, sex and death, which can be seen throughout their latest productions.


  • 2018 — La Casa Lobo
  • 2013 — Los Andes
  • 2011— El Arca
  • 2008— Luis
  • 2007— Lucía

Festivales y Premios

  • 2018 Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey
  • 2018 BERLINALE
  • 2018 Hamburg Sommer Festival
  • 2018 Festival de San Sebastián
  • 2018 Mórbido Film Fest
  • 2018 Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Habana
  • 2019 Festival Internacional de Cinel de Mar del Plata.
  • German Federal Association of Comunal Film Work
    Premio Caligari Filmpreis


“The Wolf House explores the idea of house and family as something perverse and welcoming simultaneausly, a place where you always have to go back, but in which our deepest fears are born and hidden (. . .) What’s terrorific it’s not only the house itself, but rather the way in which the house and its inhabitants become more familiar to the humans that made them and observe them. On route to realism, the characters of The Wolf House turn into even more stranger, darker, and sinister beings. Even more so than ourselves.”

Gonzalo de Pedro: Otros Cines España

“Each image of their visually stunning and horrifying (. . .)The film explores, in a visceral way, how one thing can morph into another in very fluid process, turning a dark corner at any moment.”
Nina Siegal: The New York Times 

“A journey to another realm of deepest fantasies (nightmares) that were conceptualized by a greater imagination.”
Otros Cines 

“A hypnotic excercise, where, ultimately, what is being discussed is the consistency of image in film.”
El Mundo 

“The Wolf House offers a disturbing experience.”
The Hollywood Reporter

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