Sunday, 20 July 2014

New trailer for Josef Mengele drama Wakolda arrives online

Peccadillo Pictures have just released their first trailer for Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) Wakolda.

The name Josef Mengele, Adolf Hitler's so-called 'Angel of Death', will probably be familiar to many of you. He was the subject of Franklin Schaffner's Oscar winning thriller The Boys From Brazil (1978) and his clammy presence returns to the big screen with Argentine drama Wakolda.

Released in the US under the name The German Doctor, Wakolda is set in Patagonia in 1960. Mengele (Àlex Brendemühl), ensconced in Argentina after his escape from Nazi Germany 15 years earlier, has wormed his way into the trust of a young family who run a hotel in the icy boondocks. However, as one of science's most warped villains, it's not long before he's back to pursuing his interest in eugenics on the youngest member of the clan, Lilith (Florencia Bado).

Unusually, this one is directed and adapted by Puenzo from her own novel. Early word of mouth suggests she's done an impressive job of bring dimensions to a man it would be easy just to demonise.

Wakolda is set for a UK theatrical release on 8 August.

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