Argentinean Wakolda whose English title is The German Doctor are the most complex. They are both cross cultural and multilayered.
has ever shown before as was the film’s director Lucia Puenzo. The literal ambiguity of director Lucia Puenzo’s earlier debut feature, XXY, is in this case
taken up a notch to a level of moral ambiguity. In this new film the child and her mother are both enchanted by the German Doctor until they understand his
complete obsession with something more evil than good.
discomfiting even as the audience wants to find out what will happen next. Why I mention both of them is that one, they both concern Germany which still
today bears witness to a complex and ambiguous state of affairs as it pursues economic policies which are being weighed with two sets of moral measurement
and two, they are both submissions of their countries for the AMPAS Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film Nomination.
Pyramide. The Fish Child (2009) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Wakolda (2013), is based on her own novel and is her third feature. It continues the
themes of sexual identity and duality of the previous two films, exacerbated this time in the relationship of mutual fascination maintained by its
protagonists: a girl and German doctor who in 1960 makes her the subject of one of his experiments.
Patagonia, 1960. A German physician meets an Argentinean family and follows them on the long desert road to Bariloche where Eva, Enzo and their three
children are going to open a lodge by the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Eva grew up in this German populated town in Argentina with her German family who ran the
lodge as a sort of bed and breakfast and she and her husband Enzo are considering making it into a B&B again. This model family reawakens his obsession
with purity and perfection, in particular Lilith, a 12 year-old with a body too small for her age.
elegant manners, his scientific knowledge and his money, until they discover they are living with one of history’s most abominable criminals.
trataba de un alemán que se escapaba de algo, y mientras escribía se fue transformando en Mengele y en todo ese universo del Angel de la Muerte que trae
encima. Yo escucho hablar de él y de muchas otras historias de tantos jerarcas nazis que se evaporaron en nuestro país desde que tengo 15 años, ese tema me
horrorizó y me fascinó al mismo tiempo.”
German who was running away from something. While I was writing, the German became transformed into Mengele and all that is encompassed in the universe of
The Angel of Death. I had heard about him and many many other stories of the disappeared Nazis in our country since I was 15 years, I was appalled by the
subject and I was fascinated at the same time.”
America’s busiest film production forces with a slate of five films per year. Here are The German Doctor’s links on IMDbPro and on Cinando.
Puenzo’s biggest film to date, given its period setting and her interests as an increasingly mature director. The cinematography is by family member
(France), Institut Français, Sørfond Norwegian South Film Fund, Programa Ibermedia, and TVE.
(Gudney Hummelvoll) of Norway came on board as part of the Sorfond Norwegian South Film Fund’s €100,000 grant’s requisite; Stan Jakubowicz, a Venezuelan
producer, came in early. Televisión Federal (Telefe) is a co-producer as are Moviecity/ LAPTV – Latin American Pay Television, Distribution Company
Sudamericana who is the Argentinean distributor as well. It was made in association with P&P Endemol Argentina and Cine.Ar. As a footnote, the ad
budget invested by Telefe in its TV campaign was exceptionally large: 893 TV spots broadcast in ten markets in a five weeks span.
countries together with 450 potential co-production and financial partners.
partners. Over 1000 meetings in two days were scheduled based on the needs of the projects and the individual requests of the participants. Meetings were
in high demand, and some projects received up to about 80 meeting requests by participants looking for projects.
2009), Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree), Urszula Antoniak (Nothing Personal) and Seyfi Teoman, whose film Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz (Our Grand
Despair) screened in this year’s (2013) Competition.
economic causes which brought them to their coproducer, Himmelfilm of Norway.
producer had been on board earlier.
and at 2nd Unasur Cine International Film Festival it won awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress and Best New Actress. It went on to play
September 2013 at San Sebastian Film Festival’s Horizontos Latinos section and amid growing speculation that the title would be Argentina’s submission for
the foreign language Oscar this year (and it has been so submitted!). Its ISA (international sales agent) and coproducer, Pyramide International continued
to make sales to Samuel Goldwyn Films for U.S., in Central and Southern America including to: Argentina (Distribution Company), Australia (Madman
Entertainment), Brazil (Imovision and Reserva Nacional Distribuidora De Filmes), Bolivia and Chile (Los filmes De La Arcadia), Colombia (Cine Colombia),
the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (Wiesner Distribution), France – Pyramide Distribution, Greece – Videorama Films, Hungary – Vertigo, , Italy –
Academy Two, Peru (PUCP) and Panama and Costa Rica (Palmera International). Spain sold to Nirvana, Switzerland Xenix Filmdistribution Gmbh, Taiwan Swallow
Wings Films, Turkey – Medyavizyon, U.K. Peccadillo Pictures, U.S. – Samuel Goldwyn Films. Sarajevo’s Obala Art Centar – Sarajevo Film Festival has acquired
the picture for multiple territories including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The film has
also sold to Poland (Hagi), Israel (Nachshon Films Ltd) and South Korea (Company L) since Cannes. Laptv has Latin American TV rights.
week. It has been selected by over 50% of the Academy members as the Argentinean submission for both the Oscar and the Goya Awards.
250 screens aprox). Septimo was released by 20th Century Fox, Corazon de León was released by Disney, Metegol by Universal. Wakolda´s average of spectators
per copy was higher than all these other films, which allowed distribution to add screens the 2nd week, reaching 85 screens.
average of over 1,500 euros per copy) and will be released in France with 60 copies, 8 in Paris, on the 6th of November. And in Russia with 40 copies.
Until the end of the year it will be released in 15 countries (we can send you detailed territories and companies who bought the rights if needed).
due to its good sales.
It is worth noting that Wakolda was distributed in Argentina by an independent (Bernardo Zupnick’s Distribution Company) while every other successful local
film has been distributed by a studio
The German Doctor (Wakolda) Opens in L.A. and N.Y. on April 25th