Wakolda / The German Doctor

A film by Lucía Puenzo

Starring: Alex Brendemühl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Florencia Bado
2013 Argentina/France/Spain/Norway, Drama/Thriller, 93 min.
In Spanish and German with English subtitles

Videolink Q&A following the film with director Lucía Puenzo.

Co-presented by Cine Las Americas as part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival

Thursday April 3, 7:00 PM
Regal Arbor Cinema 8

9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759 Tel: (512) 231-9742 [Map]

General admission tickets are $8 and are only sold at the theater box office, beginning 15 minutes before the screening. Cine Las Americas members will receive a $2 discount on general admission tickets to this screening of WAKOLDA.
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“Puenzo’s fascinating period piece, based on her own novel, revisits familiar stories of Nazism with a particular focus on the Argentinean involvement. Executed with outstanding attention to detail, a prodigious ensemble cast, and splendid cinematography, the film is a window into a time lost in history” - Carlos Aguilar, INDIEWIRE


Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring The German Doctor to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals.

Patagonia, 1960. Un médico alemán (Àlex Brendemühl) conoce a una familia argentina y se suma a ellos, en caravana, por la ruta del desierto hasta un pueblo donde la familia va a empezar una nueva vida. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) y sus tres hijos lo aceptan como primer huésped de su casa y le confían en él la guarda de su hija joven, Lilith (Florencia Bado), ignorando que el viajero es uno de los criminales más grandes de la historia. A la vez, agentes isrealíes intentan desesperadamente a llevar el médico alemán ante la justicia. Basada en la quinta novela de Lucía Puenzo, la historia sigue a Josef Mengele, el “Angel de la Muerte”, un oficial de las SS alemán y un médico en el campo de concentración de Auschwitz, en los años que pasaba ‘escondiendo’, con mucho otros Nazis, en Sudamérica siguiendo su escape de Alemania. Mengele fue considerado uno de los criminales nazis más crueles de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

About the director

lucia-puenzoLucía 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 prizes in Tokyo, Spain, Romania, Turin, 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, Brazil, 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. A Master in Literature and Critical Theory from 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 screenwriting in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where she did a workshop with Gabriel García Marquez. She teaches screenwriting in the University of Buenos Aires, and has been part of the jury in several national and international contests of cinema and literature.


Comodoro (2013, short)
Más Adelante (2010, short)
El Niño Pez / The Fish Child (2009)
Codicia (2009, short)
Los Invisibles (2008, short)
XXY (2007)
Prematuros (TV series, 4 Chapter Documentary)
Gente Grande (TV series, 13 Chapter Documentary)

Wakolda (The German Doctor)

2013, Argentina/France/Spain/Norway, Drama/Thriller
93 min, Digital, Color
In Spanish and German with English subtitles


Alex Brendemühl (as José Mengele)
Natalia Oreiro (as Eva)
Diego Peretti (as Enzo)
Elena Roger (Nora Eldoc)
Guillermo Pfening (as Klaus)
Ana Pauls (as Nurse)
Alan Daicz (as Tomás)
and Florencia Bado (as Lilith)


Directed by Lucía Puenzo
Screenplay by Lucía Puenzo
Based on the novel “Wakolda” by Lucía Puenzo
Produced by Gudny Hummelvoll, Stan Jakubowicz, Axel Kuschevatzky, José María Morales, Lucía Puenzo
Executive Producer: Nicolás Batlle
Cinematographer: Nicolás Puenzo
Film Editor: Hugo Primero
Music: Daniel Tarrab, Andrés Goldstein, Laura Zisman, and Dirty Three
Costume Design: Nora Lia Alaluf
Casting Director: María Laura Berch
Digital Compositor: María Inés Borgnino
Sound Design: Fernando Soldevila
Art Director: Marcelo Chaves

A Historias Cinematográficas production

In coproduction with:
Pyramide Productions, Fabienne Vonier, Stéphane Parthenay
Wanda Vision, José María Morales, Miguel Morales
HummelFilm, Gudny Hummelvoll

In association with:
The Stan Jakubowicz Co.
Distribution Company Sudamericana
Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales
Gobierno de España – Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte – ICAA
Aide aux cinémas du monde – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée – Ministère des affaires étrangères – Institut français
Norwegian South Film Fund Sørfond
Programa IberMedia

A Samuel Goldwyn Films release


wakolda poster