One of the most compelling and unusual films of 2015 is undoubtedly documentary The Wolfpack.
Directed by Crystal Moselle, The Wolfpack centers on the Angulo brothers who immersed themselves in the world of cinema, after being locked away from the world by their dysfunctional father.
Here’s The Wolfpack trailer:
The Wolfpack picked up the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and has been critically acclaimed. Filmmaker Moselle explained to THR how important films were in the boys’ lives.
She said: “It always felt really emotional, just to see how they built these worlds.
“I knew that was their escape. And how serious they were about it. It meant a lot to them. It wasn’t just like kids playing with toys. It’s their expression. It was a very important part of the story that I felt we had to bring forward.”
“They showed me their costume closet, maybe eight months into the filming process. We started going through their masks. It was intense. It represented a lot.”
One of the brothers, Mukunda Angulo, revealed in The Wolfpack that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy had a huge impact on the group – which resulted in them recreating Christian Bale’s famous bat suits.
He said: “The first one, from Batman Begins took me more than two years to make.
“Cereal boxes, cardboard boxes. Papers. Yoga mats. Sharpies. Black spray-paint. Sew it all together and see if we can make this world for ourselves. We put in every detail and it turned out fantastic for us.”
The brothers recently had their short film Mirror Hearts featured in VICE and have started their own production company Wolfpack Pictures.
The Wolfpack has a limited worldwide release.