A film by Lucia Puenzo


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 lodging house by the Nahuel Huapi lake. 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. Unaware of his true identity, they accept him as their first guest. They are all gradually won over by this charismatic man, by his elegant manners, his scientific knowledge and his money, until they discover they are living with one of the biggest criminals of all times.


Mengele : Alex Brendemühl
Eva : Natalia Oreiro
Enzo : Diego Peretti
Lilith : Florencia Bado
Nora Eldoc : Elena Roger
Klaus : Guillermo Pfening
The nurse : Ana Pauls
Tomás : Alan Daicz


Direction and screenplay : Lucía Puenzo
Based on Lucia Puenzo's novel WAKOLDA (Stock editions)
Photography : Nicolás Puenzo
Editing : Hugo Primero
Sound : Fernando Soldevila
Set : Marcelo Chaves
Original score : Daniel Tarrab, Andrés Goldstein, Laura Zisman Dirty Three (Warren Ellis, Mick Turner, Jim White) featuring Nick Cave
Production : Lucía Puenzo
Executive production : Nicolás Battle
Produced with Luis Puenzo
Co-producers: Fabienne Vonier, Stéphane Parthenay, José María Morales, Miguel Morales, Gudny Hummelvoll

Production information

Produced with Historías Cinemaográficas
In coproduction with : Pyramide Productions - Wanda Visión - HummelFilm - Moviecity And The Stan Jakubowicz Co., Distribution Company
With the participation of Aide aux cinémas du monde, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée, Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Institut français
In association with Endemol,, Sørfond Norwegian South Film Fund, Programa IberMedia, incaa, ICAA, tve

Technical information

Argentina - France - Spain - Norway
Year of production : 2013
Length : 93mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Cannes 2013 - Un Certain Regard
Nominated to represent Argentina for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film


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