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Director: Lucía Puenzo

Novel Wakolda from author Lucía Puenzo was published on May 31st 2011 in Argentina by publishing house Eméce/Planeta and in Spain by Duomo. German version of the book was published on August 22nd 2012 by publishing house Wagenbach. In the drama novel Wakolda author Puenzo tells a story of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who was in hiding in Argentine Patagonia.

In year of 1959 while hiding in Bariloche, Mengele gains trust of light-haired Lilith, who is very small for her age. Mengele continues his search for ‘clean race’ observing the twelve-years-old girl who is very pleased by the attention Mengele pays her and her body. When Mengele gets the idea to construct beautiful, blond and blue-eyed dolls using as his model European doll owned by Lilith, the girl reveals that she got the doll from a wizard. The doll is said to possess a magical skills; Wakolda.

Lucía Puenzo managed to combine Mengele’s twisted ideas with naivety of the little girl. Her story is not a critical one, it rather shows Mengele through his thinking yet without taking away his human emotions, which in fact makes him even more dangerous.


Wakolda is a true story of a family that offered shelter to Nazi Mengele without knowing his true identity, and a story of a girl who fell in love with one of the worst criminal minds of our time, the so called “angel of death”.


Actress Natalia Oreiro is in movie’s female leading role. Actor Diego Peretti, with whom Oreiro worked on their box-office successful movie Música en Espera from year 2008, is in male leading role. For Oreiro this movie is her eight feature film with leading role, yet it is her tenth movie overall.

  • Alex Brendemühl - Josef Mengele
  • Natalia Oreiro - Eva
  • Diego Peretti - Enzo
  • Florencia Bado - Lilith
  • Elena Roger - Nora Edloc
  • Guillermo Pfening - Klaus
  • Anita Pauls

General information

  • Genre: Drama / Thriller / Historical
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Language: Spanish / German
  • Subtitles: Spanish

  • Director: Lucía Puenzo
  • Script: Lucía Puenzo
  • Production: Historías Cinematograficas / Wanda Visión / Dreamer Joint Venture Pyramide Productions / Hummelfilm
  • Producers: Luis Puenzo / Nicolás Batlle / José María Morales / Oliver Stoltz Fabienne Vonier / Gudny Hummelvoll
  • Music: Andres Goldstein & Daniel Tarrab
  • Cinema: Argentina - May 2013

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