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10 items from 2014

FilmSharks Sneak Peeks Awaited Argentine pic ‘Papers in the Wind’

1 December 2014 9:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires – Bringing one of the most anticipated of first-half 2015 Argentine titles onto the international market at Ventana Sur, FilmSharks Intl. will unveil Tuesday a work-in-progress screening of friendship dramedy “Papers in the Wind.”

Directed by Juan Taratuto (“A Boyfriend For My Wife”), “Papers” is co-written by Taratuto and Eduardo Sachieri, co-scribe of Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which was based, like “Papers,” on a Sachieri novel.

Disney distributes in Argentina and Spain; Buena Vista Intl. has taken the rights to the rest of Latin America. “Papers” will open in Argentina first semester 2015.

Backed by Argentine broadcaster Telefe, which helped propel “Wild Tales” to $17.9 million, an all-time domestic record for an Argentine film, and the No. 1 B.O. trawl for any film of any nationality this year in Argentina, “Papers” packs an Argentine cast of high-profile thesps – Diego Peretti (“The German Doctor”), Pablo Rago »

- John Hopewell

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FilmSharks cuts Papers deal with Disney

9 November 2014 7:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.

Guido Rud plans a work-in-progress screening at next month’s Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires.

Juan Taratuto will direct from a screenplay that The Secret In Their Eyes screenwriter Eduardo Sacheri has adapted from his own novel.

Papers In The Wind (Papeles En El Viento) is a comedy about three men who take care of their recently deceased friend’s daughter and try to turn his investment in a football player into a lucrative piece of business.

Diego Peretti, Pablo Rago, Pablo Echarri and Diego Torres star.

“We are so happy being on board on this film, which has so much international crossover potential and layers comedy, thriller, love and passion,” said Rud. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Movie Review – Wakolda (2013)

8 August 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Wakolda (a.k.a. The German Doctor), 2013.

Written and Directed by Lucía Puenzo

Starring Àlex Brendemühl, Diego Peretti, Guillermo Pfening, Natalia Oreiro, Florencia Bado and Elena Roger.


The true story of an Argentine family who lived with Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity, and of a girl who fell in love with one of the biggest criminals of all time.

Based upon writer/director Lucia Puenzo’s novel, Wakolda is based upon the real life story of former SS Officer Josef Mengele, once known as “The Angel of Death,” during his time hiding in South America (as many war criminals did) after the war. As we are coming to the tail end of a long summer still filling the multiplexes with blockbusters of all manner, The German Doctor offers the option this week of seeing something a bit less noisy, and more considered.

Puenzo’s film opens in »

- Gary Collinson

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Wakolda Review

7 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In many territories, Lucía Puenzo’s third feature film – to follow the critically acclaimed Xxy and The Fish Child – actually goes by the name of ‘The German Doctor’. Here, in the UK, it’s called Wakolda, which represents a more fitting, symbolic title to truly capture the essence of this moving, disquieting drama. Wakolda is the name of our 12 year old protagonist’s doll, and is therefore emblematic of her innocence, which is far more poignant. After all, this picture is not about the doctor, as such, but his relationship with the young Lilith, finding a strand of intimacy amidst an otherwise comprehensive, implicative narrative.

Lilith is played by the newcomer Florencia Bado, who is remarkably small for her age, and is often the victim of much teasing at school as a result. However there appears to be a cure for her lack of growth, as a local German doctor »

- Stefan Pape

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The German Doctor (aka Wakolda) movie review: don’t mention the war

18 June 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The subtle veil of horror draped over things we take for granted as good and wonderful aspects of humanity is deeply unsettling… I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

South America, 1960. You can probably guess at the background of the eponymous German doctor (Àlex Brendemühl) who befriends a Patagonian family and slowly inveigles his way into their very heart. Impressionable 12-year-old Lilith (Florencia Bado) falls for his seeming charm the moment they meet, though her mom, Eva (Natalia Oreiro), isn’t far behind. Soon he is living in the lakeside hotel the family operates, investing in dad Enzo’s (Diego Peretti) custom dollmaking business, and making medical suggestions for how undersized Lilith — who looks like an eight-year-old and is teased at school as a “dwarf” — might jumpstart her growth and kickstart her delayed adolescence. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Review: The German Doctor

15 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Following the fall of the Third Reich and the liberation of the German Nazi concentration camps, many of the leaders directly involved fled to South America. One of the most famous of those officers was Josef Mengele, a physician in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Due to his barbaric and deadly human experiments performed on prisoners as well as role in the section process for the gas chamber executions, Mengele was known as "The Angel of Death."

Argentian filmmaker Lucia Puenzo's novel Wakolda focuses on this infamous man and the true story of an Argentinian family who unknowingly boarded Mengele at their home, now adapted by Puenzo as  the movie The German Doctor. Whereas the novel is told through Mengele’s point of view during his exile in South America, the film instead relies more on 12-year-old Lilith (Florencia Bado). Born premature and having suffered from several illnesses at an early age, »

- Debbie Cerda

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FilmSharks snaps up Disney-backed duo

13 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based Film Sharks International has picked up sales on two Disney-backed Patagonik titles that the studio will release in Latin America.

Comedy Volley will open in Argentina in the third quarter 2014, while the family-oriented rom-com Without Children (Sin Hijos) is set for the first quarter of 2015.

Martín Piroyansky directs Volley, about six friends who spend the New Year’s Eve holiday together when one of the group cannot keep his hands off the girls.

Piroyansky stars alongside Violeta Urtizberea, Inés Efrón, Chino Darín, Vera Spinetta and Justina Bustos.

Ariel Winograd is scheduled to shoot Without Children in July from Mariano Vera’s screenplay based on an original idea by Pablo Solarz.

Diego Peretti-Celeste Cid will star in the story of a divorced man whose eight-year-old daughter is his pride and joy.

When the man finally falls for a new lover who does not want children, he conceals »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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The German Doctor Is a Fictionalized Run-In with a Nazi Psychopath

22 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The promise of perfection leads to disaster for an Argentinean family in 1960 Patagonia in The German Doctor, a fictionalized account of one clan's run-in with notorious Auschwitz psychopath Dr. Josef Mengele.

Adapting her own novel, writer-director Lucía Puenzo keeps the evil physician's identity a secret for the first half of her story, in which Mengele (Àlex Brendemühl) meets and takes a liking to Lilith (Florencia Bado), a 12-year-old girl with a growth disorder, and consequently decides to stay at the hotel run by her father, Enzo (Diego Peretti), and pregnant-with-twins mother, Eva (Natalia Oreiro).

Soon, Mengele is experimenting on both Lilith and Eva, with Puenzo insinuating that Eva welcomes these hormone trials because her indoctrina »

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The German Doctor | Review

21 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Nazi At My Table: Puenzo’s Latest an Eerie Reimagining

Argentinian director Lucia Puenzo once again adapts one of her own novels for her latest offering, an intriguing period piece, The German Doctor. Whereas her 2009 adaptation of The Fish Child unraveled itself with a series distracting narrative flourishes, her latest effort is a bit more reserved, a simple and straightforward tale that manages to build a sinister simmer, even distracting us from what audiences familiar with historical accuracy already know will happen. While avoiding the use of Nazism and the perverse case of Dr. Mengele as an exploitative element, the rather demure narrative only hints at the possibility of the notorious and despicable terrors residing underneath the calm visage of a stranger that upends one unremarkable family’s livelihood.

Set in early 1960’s Patagonia, a man by the name of Helmut Gregor (Alex Brendemuhl), becomes fascinated with an underdeveloped »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch: Buried Secrets Abound in New Trailer for 'The German Doctor,' Argentina's 2014 Oscar Submission

3 February 2014 9:28 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Check out the first English-subtitled trailer for "The German Doctor," Argentina selection for the 2014 foreign language Academy Award. Though it didn't make the final Oscar five, the film was also a commercial and critical success in its home country, winning 10 Sur Awards from the Argentine Film Academy, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. It was up for the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2013. Based on filmmaker Lucia Puenzo's (the wonderful "Xxy") fifth novel, "The German Doctor" follows an Argentinean family in 1960 who takes in a mysterious German doctor, who becomes especially interested in the family's young daughter Lilith, unusually small for her age. Well that doctor, uh, turns out to be a Nazi, and one in particular whose identity we won't spoil. It's creepy stuff. The film stars Alex Brendemuhl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Elena Roger, Guillermo Pfening, Alan Daicz and Florencia Bado. It opens April 25th via Samuel Goldwyn. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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