Previously at the ICA - Films
8 Aug 2014 – 14 Aug 2014
'A tense and timely film… compelling'. Film of the Month, Sight & Sound
'A challenging and enthralling masterwork'. IndieWire
The South American exile of Hitler’s racial-purity obsessive Josef Mengele was the subject of 1978’s The Boys From Brazil. But in Argentinian director Lucía Puenzo’s film, the mysterious ‘Dr Gregory’ (Brendemühl) is to be found in a lakeside hotel run by young couple Enzo and Eva (Diego Peretti and Natalia Oreiro). Their 12-year-old daughter Lilith (the luminous Bado) is taunted for her diminutive size, which the kindly doctor offers to remedy with injections of his ‘growth hormone’ – unaware that an Israeli agent (Elena Roger) is on his trail.
Wakolda's combination of an idyllic setting, an impressionable and troubled young girl coming of age, and a creepily obsessive fugitive still somehow evading justice makes for a gripping drama, based on the director’s own bestselling novel.
Wakolda (The German Doctor), dir. Lucía Puenzo, Argentina/Spain/Norway/France 2013, 93 mins
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