Archive of films Zoology / Zoologiya

Russia / France / Germany
2016, 87 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2016

Natasha is a lonely, middle-aged admin employee at the zoo who still lives at home with her mother. One day her life is turned upside down when she discovers she has grown a tail… A realistically structured story into which the director deftly inserts a fantastic motif in a film that speaks of loneliness, otherness, fear, and also of the courage to be different.


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.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Ivan I. Tverdovskiy

Ivan I. Tverdovsky (b. 1988, Moscow) graduated from Moscow’s Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 2011. He shot several documentaries that enjoyed success at various Russian and international festivals, among them As If Waiting for a Bus (Slovno zhdu avtobusa – short doc, 2009), Pianism (Pianizm, 2012), and Space Dog (Sobachiy kaif, short doc, 2013). His feature film debut, the drama Corrections Class (Klass korrektsii), inspired by the novel of the same name by psychologist Ekaterina Murashova, was screened in its international premiere at KVIFF 49, competing in the East of the West Competition, where it won Best Film. The picture subsequently played at a series of international festivals, winning further awards along the way (e.g. Cottbus, Thessaloniki and Marrakesh). Last year he sat on the jury of the East of the West Competition and this year he returns to Karlovy Vary with his second feature Zoology.


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Screenplay: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Dir. of Photography: Alexander Mikeladze
Editor: Ivan Tverdovsky, Vincent Assman
Art Director: Vasily Raspopov
Producer: Natalia Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova, Uliana Savelieva
Production: New People Film Company
Coproduction: Arizona Productions, MovieBrats Pictures
Cast: Natalia Pavlenkova, Dmitri Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko, Maria Tokareva
Sales: New Europe Film Sales


Ivan I. Tverdovskiy

Film Director

Guillaume De Seille

Producer, Sales Agent

Natalia Mokritskaya


Mila Rozanova


Jan Naszewski

Sales Agent

Frédéric Théry

Sound Designer

Evgeny Efremenko


Natalia Pavlenkova


Irina Lyubarskaya


Uliana Savelieva


Esther Friedrich



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