While Me and Earl and the Dying Girl got the bulk of the buzz coming out of this year’s Sundance, one of the other award winners was the documentary The Wolfpack, which won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize for docs.
Crystal Moselle’s film profiles the six Angulo brothers, New York residents who were strongly encouraged by their parents to never leave the house and never interact with the outside world. Some years they got outside as many as nine times. Some years they didn’t make it out at all. Their saving grace were the movies, which they would watch, memorize and recreate with loving detail. Here’s the official synopsis:
Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this critically acclaimed documentary follows the Angulo brothers who were locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and discovered about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.
The Wolfpack opens on June 12. Watch the trailer below, and read our Sundance review here.