Los lobos

Die Wölfe
“You are strong wolves. Wolves don´t cry. Wolves bite. They howl. And they protect their home.”

Eight year old Max and his younger brother Leo don't have much, but they have each other and their mother Lucía. And they share a dream as well: To visit Disneyland one day. The family has recently emigrated to the USA from Mexico, and while Lucía tries to finance their new life by doing odd jobs, the two brothers spend their days in their sparsely furnished one-room flat. The walls of the room, which they are forbidden to leave, become a projection screen for imaginative adventures and open a window on their new life. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in Los Lobos and resituates them in a currently highly charged context – brutally honest and yet poetic, melancholic and full of hope.
by Samuel Kishi Leopo
with Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez, Martha Reyes Arias, Cici Lau, Johnson T. Lau
Mexico 2019 Spanish,  English,  Cantonese 95’ Colour recommendation: 9 years and up


  • Maximiliano Nájar Márquez (Max)
  • Leonardo Nájar Márquez (Leo)
  • Martha Reyes Arias (Lucía)
  • Cici Lau (Mrs. Chan)
  • Johnson T. Lau (Mr. Chan)


DirectorsSamuel Kishi Leopo
ScreenplaySamuel Kishi Leopo, Sofía Gómez Córdova, Luis Briones
CinematographyOctavio Arauz
EditingYordi Capó, Carlos Espinoza Benítez, Samuel Kishi Leopo
MusicKenji Kishi Leopo
Sound DesignMario Martínez Cobos
SoundMiguel Hernández Montero
Production DesignHania Robledo Richards
CostumesNohemí González
Make-UpSheila Eden
ProducerInna Payán
Executive ProducerInna Payán
Co-ProducersMónica Lozano, Samuel Kishi Leopo

Produced by

Samuel Kishi Leopo

Born in Mexico in 1984, he studied audiovisual arts at the University of Guadalajara and has directed numerous short films which screened at festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes and Morelia. His debut feature film Somos Mari Pepa was presented at Generation in 2014.


2006 Memoria viva; short documentary 2009 Luces negras; short film 2010 Acerca del drama de los calcetines; short film 2011 Mari Pepa; short film 2013 Somos Mari Pepa 2016 Juglares del Gol; documetary series 2019 Los lobos

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020