Wolf's Hole

Direction
Year 
1986
Country
  • Czech Republic
Runtime
91min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

The genre of horror has made only sporadic appearances in Czechoslovakian film. One such occasion was the release of Věra Chytilová’s Wolf's Hole, but as with other works by the controversial filmmaker, she used the genre as a vehicle for elucidating wider truths. In Wolf's Hole, she stays within her favourite territory: a look at the morality of a relationship that approaches a parable of contemporary society. The plot is based on a story by Daniela Fischerová and it is essentially constructed according to the narrative structure of an archetypal tale. The narrative outlines how a group of 11 young people must undergo a rite of passage prematurely, in an environment cut off from the ordinary world. The group is taking part in an elite skiing course at a resort called Wolf Chalet in the mountains. They must endure harsh drills under their chief instructor, nicknamed ‘Daddy’, and two other instructors, Dingo and Babeta. The instructors deliberately incite mistrust among their pupils and compel them to make a life and death decision: if the young people sacrifice one of their peers, they will be allowed to return home. The horror surprisingly turns into a sci-fi. The instructors are revealed to be aliens who are testing samples of humans as part of their preparations for an invasion. Chytilová film works at exposing the mechanisms by which totalitarian regimes manipulate the populace. Despite the fact that young people often represent hope in Chytilová´s feature films, the ski course participants at Wolf Chalet have already been infected by greed and the compromising attitude of adults. Key features of the film are reinforced by nerve-racking, dynamic takes from cinematographer Jaromír Šofr and the disturbing score by Michal Kocáb.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Vlčí bouda
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Daniela Fischerová, Věra Chytilová
  • Cinematography
    Jaromír Šofr
  • Editing
    Jiří Brožek
  • Music
    Michael Kocáb
  • Sound
    Roman Hloch
  • Runtime
    91 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    1986
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
      • Národní filmový archiv
      • Malešická 12
      • 130 00 Praha 3
      • Czech Republic
      • web: http://www.nfa.cz/
      • tel: +420 271 770 500
      • fax: +420 271 770 501
      • e-mail: nfa@nfa.cz
  • Awards
    • Zvláštní čestné uznání za hudbu, 25. festival českých a slovenských filmů Bratislava
    • Cena dětského diváka, Cena České mírové rady, 27. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

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