LA CASA LOBO
(THE WOLF HOUSE)
a film by Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León
JUNE 12 • 9 PM •77 MIN
In Spanish & German with English subtitles
NEPTUNE SCOTIABANK STAGE THEATRE
$12 • $10 ADVANCE • FREE FOR STUDENTS
A Q&A with Joaquín Cociña will follow the screening
Once upon a time, somewhere in southern Chile, Maria escapes from a cult. With a wolf in hot pursuit she takes refuge in a house in the woods occupied by two little pigs—but don’t mistake The Wolf House (La Casa Lobo) for your typical fairytale. Filmmakers Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León have crafted a dark and daring stop-motion animated film fusing elements of Grimm and early David Lynch to form their surrealistic narrative. The animation is constantly being constructed, deconstructed and then reconstructed as the nightmarish story unfolds. Paper mâché characters continuously crumple and morph into unsettling images while charcoal and painted rooms in the house shift, transform, contract and expand into disturbing scenarios. This ingenious display of artistry makes The Wolf House a mesmerizing and captivating feast!
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña (both 1980, Chile) have been working together since 2007. They were educated at the Universidad Católica, Santiago de Chile. León also studied at UDK (Berlin) and De Ateliers (Amsterdam). With their experimental films, Leon and Cociña create a new interpretation of the religious symbolism and magical rituals that are deeply rooted in the traditional culture of Latin America. For the production of their films they combine different techniques such as photography, drawing, sculpture, dance and performance. An unpolished cinematographic language characterizes the stop-motion films of León and Cociña. The papier mâché figures and innocent-looking drawings strongly contrast with the heavy topics such as religion, sex and death the films deal with.
León and Cociña have won numerous awards and their films have premiered at Rotterdam and Locarno among other international film festivals. Their work is frequently exhibited in museums and biennials in Latin America, but it has also been presented at venues such as the Whitechapel Gallery, the Guggenheim, KW Berlin, the Venice Biennial 2013 and Art Basel Statements 2012 with Upstream Gallery. Their first feature film, La Casa Lobo, was produced as a nomadic work in process art installation in many different public locations like museums, cultural centers and art galleries. Together with Niles Atallah, they founded the film production company Diluvio.