Govinda Angulo, Narayana Angulo – protagonists – The Wolfpack
Among the first films presented in the brand new PANORAMA section of the 13th ALICE NELLA CITTA’ lands THE WOLFPACK by Crystal Moselle.
THE WOLFPACK follow the six Angulo brothers through their path towards the external world after having spent their childhood and most of their adolescence locked inside a four-bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side at the insistence of their paranoid father.
FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti meets two of the six brothers, Govinda and Narayana Angulo to find out more about their first encounter with the director, how they worked with her and with the camera following them around but above all, their life now .
THE WOLFPACK: The six Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed “The Wolfpack,” they’re all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home.
All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. For years this has served as a productive creative outlet and a way to stave off loneliness – but after one of the brothers escapes the apartment (wearing a Michael Meyers mask for protection), the power dynamics in the house are transformed, and all the boys begin to dream of venturing out.
Armed with unprecedented access into the subjects’ world and vast archive of home movies, first-time director Crystal Moselle crafts a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary family, capturing the thrill of the Wolfpack’s discoveries without skirting the darker questions of abuse and confinement that weigh upon all of them.
THE WOLFPACK charts a fascinating coming of age story and becomes a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives.