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The German Doctor

The German Doctor

Original Title: Wakolda
Directors: Lucia Puenzo
Argentina / France / Norway / Spain
Spanish, German, Hebrew with English Subtitles
93 min
World Cinema
Cinema of the Americas

In Patagonia, 1960, an Argentine family meets a German physician on the long road to Bariloche. The first guest at the family’s newly opened inn, the wealthy doctor ingratiates himself into their home life with his charisma and his scientific knowledge. Little do they know, however, that they are housing one of history’s most monstrous criminals, and that he might be continuing his experimental practice in their own community in this chilling, captivating story.

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Producer: Lucia Puenzo

Film Format: DCP

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Lucia Puenzo


Lucía Puenzo was born in Buenos Aires in 1976. Director, novelist and screenwriter, her first film (XXY) won the Critic’s Award in Cannes Film Festival (2007) and a Goya to Best Foreign Film, together with more than twenty international awards, including the prestigious New Directors New Film of MOMA (New York) and being the nominated film by Argentina for the Academy Awards. Her second film (The fish child) opened the Panorama section in Berlin’s Film Festival 2009, won prices in Tokio, Spain, Rumania, Torino, and was part of the official selection of Tribeca and La Habana Film Festivals. Between 2004 and 2010 she published the novels “El niño pez”, “9 minutos”, “La maldición de Jacinta Pichimahuida”, “La furia de la langosta” and “Wakolda”. Her books have been published in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Brasil and the United Stated, among many other countries. In 2010 the prestigious literary magazine GRANTA named her as one of the best 20 young Spanish speaking writers, a venture praised as “reflecting on the global reach of Spanish” and as “an indication of the trend towards transnational literature” by the New York Times. Master degree in Literature and Critical Theory in the University of Buenos Aires, Lucía Puenzo also studied cinema in the ENERC (the official school of the Cinema Institute), theatre with several well-known actors, and screenwritting in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where she did a workshop with Gabriel García Marquez. She teaches screenwritting in the University of Buenos Aires, and has been part of the jury in several national and international contests of cinema and literature.

Screenplay: Lucia Puenzo

Producer: Lucia Puenzo

Editor: Hugo Primero

Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation
French Consulate