AKA: The German Doctor
Directed by: Lucia Puenzo
Starring: Alex Brendemühl (Dr Helmut), Florencia Bado (Lilith), Natalia Oreiro (Mother), Diego Peretti (Dad), Elena Roger (Nora Eldoc), Guillermo Pfening (Klaus)
Country: Argentina, South American Cinema
Language: Spanish, German
Genres: Based on a True Story, Nazism, Family, Childhood, Medical
Plot – Spoilers:
In 1960s Argentina, 12-year-old Lilith and her folks relocate to their family-owned hotel that’s been in disuse, which they plan to restart. Their first guest is a German doctor Helmut who has a keen interest in Lilith and has been experimenting with growth hormones in animals.
Lilith who was born premature has stopped growing and her mother with a closeted interest in pre-WW Germany sees in Helmut the possible solution to Lilith’s medical issues.
Wakolda is a fictionalized account of Josef Mengele’s time in South America and is based on the novel Wakolda written by director, Lucia Puenzo.