Zoology

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    Zoology

    Zoologiya

    Directed by

    Russia, France, Germany

    2016

    87 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    Natasha is a lonely, middle-aged admin employee at the zoo, where her female co-workers take pleasure in making fun of her. She lives with her God-fearing mother and leads a stereotypical existence without any prospect that its course will change in any major way. But this is precisely what does happen, when Natasha discovers one day that she has grown a tail. What’s more, during a medical examination she makes the acquaintance of Pyotr, a young radiologist, and her hitherto utterly dreary life is turned upside down… After his internationally acclaimed debut Corrections Class the young Russian director returns with a realistically structured story into which he deftly inserts a fantastic motif. This is a film that speaks of loneliness, otherness, fear, and also of the courage to stand apart from the majority, to get out of one’s rut and succumb to emotion. In his second picture Ivan Tverdovsky once again confirms his status as a filmmaker with an original cinematic vision that penetrates the very heart of the matter.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Prize - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Student Jury Award - IFF Tofifest
    • Youth Jury Award, Audience Award - Riga IFF
    • Best Film, Best Actress (Natalia Pavlenkova) - Cottbus FF
    • Youth Jury Prize Special Mention, 20Minutes of Audacity Prize - Les Arcs European FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Natalia Pavlenkova
    Dmitri Groshev
    Irina Chipizhenko
    Maria Tokareva
    Screenplay
    Ivan I. Tverdovsky
    Cinematography
    Alexander Mikeladze
    Editing
    Ivan Tverdovsky
    Vincent Assman
    Production
    NEW PEOPLE FILM COMPANY
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES

    Press

    (..) it’s hard to ignore the blatant allegory for modern Russian life up on the screen.

    Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

    (...) a fascinating film on multiple levels.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    A thought-provoking contemporary fairytale peppered with bone-dry social satire, it builds into a plaintive, thought-provoking work.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    Kafka meets Cronenberg, with a side order of gloomy Russian humor

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Ivan I. Tverdovsky

    Ivan I. Tverdovsky

    Russia

    Cinema for me is an area of philosophy and artistic statement.

    Ivan I. Tverdovsky was born in 1988, in Moscow. In 2011 he graduated from Moscow’s Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His documentaries have earned honours at Russian and international festivals, among them short AS IF WAITING FOR A BUS (2009), PIANISM (2012), and short SPACE DOG (2013). CORRECTION CLASS (2014), inspired by the novel of the same name by psychologist Ekaterina Murashova, is his feature debut, followed by ZOOLOGY (2016), Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary IFF. His most recent feature film, JUMPMAN, screened in competition at Karlovy Vary IFF 2018.

    Selected Filmography