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Werewolf (2018)

Wilkolak (original title)
Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest.

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Adrian Panek

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Adrian Panek
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamil Polnisiak Kamil Polnisiak ... Wladek
Nicolas Przygoda Nicolas Przygoda ... Hanys
Sonia Mietielica ... Hanka
Danuta Stenka ... Jadwiga
Werner Daehn ... SS Soldier
Jakub Syska Jakub Syska ... 'Siwy'
Helena Mazur Helena Mazur ... 'Ruda'
Krzysztof Durski Krzysztof Durski ... 'Czarny'
Maksymilian Balcerowski Maksymilian Balcerowski ... 'Chudy'
Julia Slusarczyk Julia Slusarczyk ... 'Duza'
Matylda Ignasiak Matylda Ignasiak ... 'Mala'
Oleksandr Shcherbyna Oleksandr Shcherbyna ... Lonka (as Oleh Shcherbyna)
Eugeniusz Malinowski ... Driver
Radoslaw Chrzescianski Radoslaw Chrzescianski ... Red Army Soldier
Wojciech Namiotko Wojciech Namiotko ... Krepak
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Summer of 1945. A temporary orphanage is established in an abandoned palace surrounded by forests for the eight children liberated from the Gross-Rosen camp. Hanka, also a former inmate, becomes their guardian. After the atrocities of the camp, the protagonists slowly begin to regain what is left of their childhood but the horror returns quickly. Camp Alsatians roam the forests around. Released by the SS earlier on, they have gone feral and are starving. Looking for food they besiege the palace. The children are terrified and their camp survival instinct is triggered. Written by AnonymusB

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Poland | Netherlands | Germany

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29 March 2019 (Poland) See more »

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Opening in Gross-Rosen, a labour camp in south-west Poland
20 December 2019 | by babybuletganiSee all my reviews

Opening in Gross-Rosen, a labour camp in south-west Poland, Adrian Panek's realist drama/allegorical fairytale sees eight children liberated by the Red Army in the final days of World War 2, only for the kids to face yet more terror when they're stashed in a crumbling mansion. Within the walls, things get a bit Lord Of The Flies as the kids jostle for position. Outside, in the forest, lurks the threat of a rapist Russian, hunkering Nazis, and a pack of feral dogs. The werewolf of the title is metaphorical, with the starving youths' bestial behaviour quickly established as they fight over a tin of dog food. Most of the pack are barely characterised as Panek's script focuses on one girl, Hanka (Sonia Mietielica), and two guys, Hanys (Nicolas Przygoda) and Wladek (Kamil Polnisiak). They form a love triangle, of sorts, but played dour and downbeat - so don't expect the Polish Twilight. Werewolf is, however, rather like an arthouse Cujo in its second half, only with several German shepherds throwing themselves at a building rather than one St. Bernard headbutting a Ford Pinto. It's tense in places, and certainly an interesting idea to transform the horrors of the Holocaust into literal monsters. But Werewolf, for much of its running time, lacks bite.


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