Wolf (2021 Irish-Polish film)

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Wolf is a 2021 drama film written and directed by Nathalie Biancheri. An international co-production of Ireland and Poland, it stars George MacKay, Lily-Rose Depp, Paddy Considine, Eileen Walsh, Fionn O'Shea and Lola Petticrew.

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Official release poster
Directed byNathalie Biancheri
Written byNathalie Biancheri
Produced byJessie Fisk
CinematographyMichal Dymek
Music byStefan Wesołowski
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
  • 17 September 2021 (2021-09-17) (TIFF)
  • 3 December 2021 (2021-12-03) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes[1]
  • Ireland
  • Poland

Wolf had its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in 17 September 2021. It had a limited theatre release in the United States on 3 December 2021, by Focus Features.


According to the director and writer Nathalie Biancheri, "It is a story about a boy, Jacob who believes that he's a wolf and it's set in a clinic which cures people who have this illness, which is actually a real illness called species dysphoria. They believe that they're an animal trapped in a human body."[2] Jacob is sent to "the zoo", a clinic specializing in the condition, run by "the zookeeper", a therapist who uses extreme "curative" therapies. Jacob's "will is tested as his true nature battles to surface amid the chaos while maintaining his mythological status among the animals that surround him."[3]



In February 2020, it was announced George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp had joined the cast of the film, with Nathalie Biancheri directing from a screenplay she wrote.[4] In September 2020, Paddy Considine, Eileen Walsh, Fionn O'Shea, Lola Petticrew and Senan Jennings joined the cast of the film.[2]

Principal photography began in August 2020.[5][6] Production was initially set to begin in April 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] Principal photography ended by October 2020.[8]


In October 2020, Focus Features acquired distribution rights to the film and will distribute the film in the United States, while Universal Pictures will distribute elsewhere on their behalf.[9] It had a theatrical release in the U.S. on 3 December 2021, [10] after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on 17 September 2021[11] as the entry for Ireland.[12] The first trailer was released on 30 September 2021.[13]


On Rotten Tomatoes, Wolf has an approval rating of 43% based on 47 reviews, with an average score of 5.4/10.[14] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a score of 55 based on 13 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[15]


  1. ^ "Wolf". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "NOCTURNAL – INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR NATHALIE BIANCHERI". movies.ie. September 17, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Lech, Dorota. "Wolf". tiff.net. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  4. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (February 12, 2020). "George MacKay & Lily-Rose Depp To Star In Genre Film 'Wolf'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  5. ^ Biancheri, Nathalie (August 24, 2020). "May the shooting Gods protect for the next 6 weeks... #dayoneDONE! 🐺". Instagram. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Dalton, Ben (July 17, 2020). "International shoots turn to Ireland as European production slowly restarts". kftv.com. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "PRODUCTION: Irish/Polish Coproduction Starring George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp In Production". Film New Europe. February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "Principal Photography Wraps on Wolf". focusfeatures.com. October 9, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  9. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy; Grater, Tom (October 9, 2020). "Focus Buys 'Wolf'; Amitabh Bachchan Boards Sci-Fi; Amazon Bolsters India Slate; Berlinale Postpones Italy EFM Country In Focus — Global Film Briefs". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 28, 2021). "Focus Features Sets December Release For George MacKay & Lily-Rose Depp Genre Pic 'Wolf'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  11. ^ "Wolf". tiff.net. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  12. ^ "Irish film Wolf to world premiere at 2021 Toronto International Film Festival". Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  13. ^ "A New Trailer For 'Wolf' Starring Lily-Rose Depp & George MacKay Released". MAXBLIZZ. September 30, 2021. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "Wolf (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "Wolf (2021) Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 4, 2021.

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