Ireland, Poland 2021
Director: Nathalie Biancheri; writer: Nathalie Biancheri; cinematography: Michał Dymek; production design: Joe Fallover; editing: Andonis Trattos; music: Stefan Wesołowski; casting: Shakyra Dowling; movement coach: Terry Notary; producers: Jessie Fisk, Jane Doolan; production companies: Feline Films, Lava Films
Running time: 98’
With George MacKay, Lily-Rose Depp, Paddy Considine, Eileen Walsh, Fionn O’Shea, Lola Petticrew, Martin McCann, Helen Behan, Stuart Graham, Terry Notary
Jacob believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body. He arrives at a clinic which specialises in curing his disorder, known as species dysphoria. It is populated mostly with teenagers, kids that believe they are actually animals and undergo a number of different ‘repressive’ therapies. Unlike his teenage peers Jacob gets further and further from being ‘cured’. The only respite to his ever growing restlessness is a young woman patient, who sees his true nature. The two form an improbable friendship that develops into infatuation, but can Jacob renounce his true self, for love? Can he live life repressing who he is to comply with the norms society dictates?
Nathalie Biancheri is an Italian writer/director based in Dublin. Her career in film began in London working in documentaries at the BBC where she started as a researcher. Her short films have won awards at international festivals. Her micro-budget feature film debut Nocturnal, starring Cosmo Jarvis, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2019 to great critical acclaim. Wolf is her second film.