La Casa Lobo (The Wolf House)

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Combing stop-motion techniques, painting and photography, this exquisitely handcrafted animation feature tells the story of a girl who escapes a cult colony of religious fanatics during Chile’s darkest years under Pinochet.

Maria, a girl finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired by the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, “The Wolf House” masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers. In Spanish & German with English subtitles. (Via KimStim) 

Either before or after you watch the film, enjoy this Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by film critic Carlos Aguilar.

Chile / 2018 / Directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña / 75 mins.


“The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes.” – Glenn Kenny 
The New York Times
“In both concept and execution, The Wolf House will render you awestruck.” – Carlos Aguilar 

Berlinale Forum: Caligari Prize / Monterrey Film Festival: Best International Animated Feature Film


A Hidden Life

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Shot on location in the alps of Austria and Italy, the latest film from Terrence Malick (BADLANDS, THE TREE OF LIFE, DAYS OF HEAVEN) is based on the true story of Franz Jägerstetter, an Austrian conscientious objector during the second world war.
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JoJo Rabbit

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Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival… And yet, not everyone will like JoJo Rabbit, and at times you’ll wonder if you should. A coming-of-age comedy whose hero is a 10 year-old German boy during World War II who wants to be a Nazi/Adolf Hitler as comic relief? As it walks some precarious high wires, Taika Waititi’s latest (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok) takes a risky premise and delivers a piece of grandly entertaining provocation.
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Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. A visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.
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A struggling Mumbai street photographer who’s pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée during a family visit in the new film by writer/director Ritesh (The Lunchbox) Batra.
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Sky and Ground

This powerful film gives voice and body(ies) to the term “refugees” as it accompanies a family on foot from Aleppo, Syria on their trek to reach relatives in Germany. Join us Saturday, April 13th at noon for a screening and discussion with filmmaker Joshua Bennett; Lea Matheson, senior advisor on migration and humanitarian issues in the Office of the President at the UN; Vassar College professor Maria Höhn, co-founder of the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance and Director of the Consortium on Forced Displacement, Migration, and Education; and Ahed Festuk, an activist from Aleppo who is now living in NY, and who was one of the pioneering women demonstrators against Bashar al-Assad. This event is being presented for FREE. Donations taken at the door will benefit the Refugee Welcome Corporation in Albany (suggested donation $10).
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In Christian (Barbara) Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa, a German refugee assumes the identity of a recently deceased writer and flees to Marseille.
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