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The story of a man who has taught himself the language and ways of wolves, faced them in the wilderness and witnessed their fates


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wolfman_Official Selection Visions du Réel 2013

Seppo Ronkainen monitors wildlife for a living and has dedicated his life to the study of wolves in the wild. Wolfman is based on Ronkainen’s video diaries, collected over the course of 13 years. This unique material tells the intertwining stories of man, wolves and dogs. The film follows Ronkainen on his journey as he attempts to understand the life of a predator.

Man versus nature is a juxtaposition that greatly challenges the way of the wolves. As the territories of humans grow larger, predators are forced to move theirs and to change their natural habits, resulting in packs of wolves that hunt domestic dogs in order to survive.

A war breaks out between the wolves and a group of armed hunters. And not everyone is happy to work together within the framework of the law. The hunters take the law into their own hands; wolves captured for tracking purposes bear gunshot wounds, and a poisoned wolf is discovered in the woods.

Wolfman is a portrait of the man and the individual wolves he monitors. But most of all, it is a story of the contradictory relationship between man and an extremely endangered animal.

Director Juha Suonpää
Producer Timo Vierimaa & Joonas Berghäll
Produced by Oktober Oy in ass. with YLE & in co-production with ARTE G.E.I.E. with support from Finnish Film Foundation & AVEK
Duration 1 hour & feature length
Year of Production 2013
Original Title Hukkamies