Lucia Puenzo’s third film screened in Cannes as ‘Wakolda’
SAN SEBASTIAN – Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all U.S. rights to psychological drama “The German Doctor,” the third film from one of Latin America’s best-known distaff helmers, Argentina’s Lucia Puenzo (“XXY,” “The Fish Child”).
Sold by Pyramide Intl., the film world premiered at the Cannes Festival’s Un Certain Regard this May using its Argentine title “Wakolda.”
Lead-produced by father Luis Puenzo at Buenos Aires’ Historias Cinematograficas, and adapted by Puenzo from her fifth novel, translated into over fifteen languages, “German Doctor” is a chilling 1960-set story of Auschwitz’s Angel of Death Josef Mengele’s who, having adopted a new identity, endears himself to a model Argentinean German-speaking family in the wilds of Patagonia.
The unwitting family entrust their young daughter to the care of one of one of the most heinous of Nazi war criminals.
Meanwhile, the family’s good looks, the mother’s German origins and the news she will be giving birth to twins reawakens his interest in continuing his human genetics research.
“Doctor” stars German-Spanish actor Alex Brendemuhl as Mengele, Uruguayan Natalia Oreiro and Argentine Diego Perretti plays the family’s parents.
The story line is based on a mix of true events – Mengele’s working in Patagonia’s Bariloche as a veterinarian, plus rumors and speculation.
Said Peter Goldwyn, senior vice president of Samuel Goldwyn Films:
“We are thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented Ms. Puenzo in bringing her chilling film to a U.S. audience. The story is a haunting and disturbing portrayal of how Mengele likely spent his years in South America.”
Puenzo commented: “’The German Doctor’ is a film that is dear to my heart, and I am delighted that Samuel Goldwyn Films shares my passion and will bring this compelling tale to US audiences.”
Ian Puente, vice president and general counsel of Samuel Goldwyn Films negotiated the deal with Lucero Garzon and Valentina Merli of Pyramide Intl. on behalf of the filmmaker.