The film “Werewolf” (Wilkolak) tells the story of children who, after being liberated from a Nazi concentration camp, find themselves trapped in an abandoned mansion in the middle of a forest, surrounded by vicious attack dogs. Despite facing hunger, thirst, and danger, the young survivors must band together to fight for their survival. The movie has won 11 festival awards worldwide and been nominated for 14 more, including a Best Picture nomination at Fantastic Fest.
Writer and director adrian panek has created a gripping mix of drama, horror, and war that draws inspiration from classics like “Lord of the Flies,” “Cujo,” and “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.” The young cast delivers outstanding performances, with kamil polnisiak giving a standout portrayal of a troubled young boy who adds an extra layer of unease to an already dangerous situation.
While the title “Werewolf” may suggest a different kind of horror, the real terror comes from the pack of attack dogs that relentlessly hunt down the children. The film also tackles deeper themes, such as politics and allegory, making it a thought-provoking and multi-layered viewing experience. Though it does have a slightly slow midsection, “Werewolf” is a surprising and powerful film that is sure to leave an impression on audiences.
Initial release: September 19, 2018
Director: Adrian Panek
Producers: Magdalena Kamińska, Agata Szymanska
Nominations: Polish Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Polish Academy Award for Best Editing