Zoology (Zoologiya)


Rafael 3 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 6:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 15, 2016 2:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:87 min.
Director:Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Producer:Natalia Mokritskaya
Mila Rozanova
Uliana Savelieva
Guillame de Seille
Esther Friedrich
Alex Weimer
Maria Lavnikovich
Screenwriter:Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Cinematographer:Alexander Mikeladze
Editor:Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Vincent Assman
Cast:Natalia Pavlenkova
Dmitry Groshev
Irina Chipizhenko
Print Source:New Europe Film Sales
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


In a country not known for celebrating diversity, a quiet accounts manager has conflicted reactions to a bodily feature that sets her apart from the crowd. Natasha, teased by her co-workers and subservient to her mother, finds solace on solitary visits to the animals in the zoo where she works. But when an X-ray reveals her unwieldy appendage and a handsome young doctor is intrigued rather than repulsed by it, Natasha begins to feel proud of her physical distinction. In the lead role, Masha Tokareva subtly and magnificently displays Natasha's emotional transformation from timidity and shame to exuberance and self-respect, while this droll fable also presents an allegorical critique of Russia's persistent clampdown on individual self-expression. Like the confined animals she loves to visit, Natasha is caged by societal conformity; will she be able to break free? Zoology explores this conundrum with wit, intelligence, and great compassion.

Additional Information

Ivan I. Tverdovsky (born in 1988) graduated from the Russian Institute for Cinematography in 2011. His early documentary works won him multiple awards in Russia and at international film festivals worldwide. His fiction debut Corrections Class (2014), inspired by the novel by psychologist Ekaterina Murashova, won over 35 prizes worldwide, including east of the West Award (Crystal Globe) at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (international premiere). Zoology is Ivan’s second feature project. It was showcased both at the Paris co-Production Village and Les Arcs in 2015 and received financial support from the Eurimages and Russian Ministry of Culture.