The German Doctor

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The German Doctor
Argentina, 2013, 93 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Spain, France, Norway
Topics: History, Jewish Interest, Latino, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

In 1960, an Argentine family befriends a charming German doctor on their way to the remote town of Bariloche. He quickly takes a keen interest in their daughter Lilith, a girl under-sized for her age. The family opens an inn and takes him in as a guest, but the father becomes suspicious when the doctor opens a genetic research lab. He turns out to be one of the most infamous Nazi war criminals, Joseph Mengele.

Director Lucía Puenzo won a berth in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival for this, her third film, which she adapted from her own speculative novel. Helmut Gregor is quietly terrifying in the lead role, and cinematographer Nicolás Puenzo takes full advantage of evocative landscapes and the unique, Alpine character of Bariloche.

"A creepy story with a lot of morbid fascination, set off by the captivating young Florencia Bado in her first screen role."
- The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR: Lucía Puenzo
Producer: Lucia Puenzo, Nicolas Batlle
Editor: Hugo Primero
Screenwriter: Lucía Puenzo
Cinematographer: Nicolás Puenzo
Music: Andrés Goldstein, Daniel Tarrab, Laura Zisman, Dirty Three
Principal Cast: Florencia Bado, Alex Brendemuhl, Diego Peretti, Natalia Oreiro, Elena Roger
Filmography: The Fish Child (2009)
XXY (2007)
Print Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films

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