Cleveland International Film Festival } April 4 – 15, 2018

ZOOLOGY (Zoologiya)


Year: 2016
Run Time: 83 minutes


Natasha has an office job at a zoo with coworkers who despise and bully her. But she finds solace in the zoo’s four-legged, long-tailed inhabitants. Her life is dull, monotonous, and gray like the Russian town in which she lives. However, when she goes to her doctor for x-rays on her lower back to help figure out why she’s having pain, we soon discover Natasha is keeping a rather long secret tucked into her panties. On the back side. ZOOLOGY is a modern fairy tale – so to speak – about a woman finding her Prince Charming even when she’s surrounded by people who don’t see her. When Natasha meets Peter, her radiologist, he accepts her right away and doesn’t blink at the rather large appendage growing from her tailbone. A relationship is instantly sparked, and Peter brings something out of Natasha that transforms her from an ugly duckling to a spritely woman with new hair, new looks, and a new lease on life. But the very moment Natasha is relieved of all inhibitions, she’s quickly reminded of who she really is and is not. Shocking yet enchanting, ZOOLOGY is a remarkable character study that lures you in until the tail end. (In Russian with subtitles) – T.W.

ZOOLOGY (Zoologiya)

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 8:15 PM

Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 11:20 AM

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition

Ivan I. Tverdovsky

Guillaume de Seille, Maria Lavnikovich, Natalya Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova, Ulyana Saveleva, Bénédicte Thomas

Ivan I. Tverdovsky

Alexander Mikeladze

Ivan I. Tverdovsky, Vincent Assman

Principal Cast
Natalia Pavlenkova, Dmitry Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko

Director Bio
Ivan I. Tverdovsky was born in 1988 in Moscow, Russia and graduated from Moscow's Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 2011. He's had several short films appear in international festivals and his first full-length film won Best Film at the KVIFF 49.

Select Filmography
"Corrections Class" (2014), ZOOLOGY (2016)

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