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Montreal Premiere
star WINNER: Public Prize, Bronze Fantasia, Best Documentary, Fantasia 2007

2007 | 80 min | 35mm
English language

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Screening Times

July 20th, 2007
7:30 pm
J.A. De Seve
July 22nd, 2007
9:30 pm
J.A. De Seve

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In July 2005, a group of "zoophiles" living in the shadow of Washington's Mt. Rainier were brought to national attention when a Seattle family man died of a perforated colon after engaging in intercourse with an Arabian stallion. In exploring the inner thoughts and feelings of this community and their obsession -- what he calls "the last taboo, on the boundary of something comprehensible" -- director Robinson Devor has crafted a poetic and meditative rumination on alienation and connection, and on the boundaries that separate what we can accept from what we cannot. Neither graphic nor exploitative, the film is as eloquent in its inquiry into the lives and psyches of these individuals (who speak for themselves but are represented by actors in re-enactments) as it is elegant in its formal austerity. Zoo combines the investigative impressionism of Errol Morris with the painterly surrealism of Peter Greenaway (the film's title is an all-too-convenient nod to Greenaway's avant-garde classic A Zed And Two Noughts) as it plunges us into an eerie Pacific Northwest netherworld reminiscent of early Gus Van Sant and David Lynch.

—Andrew McIntosh, HOT DOCS 2007

“This experimental-style documentary invokes the waking dreams of David Lynch, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. It's like a true-crime inquiry undertaken during a total eclipse” – Bill Stamets, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“Elegantly made and eerily lyrical. A poetic film about a forbidden, unsettling subject. It's a subject so unnerving that just the notion of it can send people over the edge” – Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A breathtakingly original nonfiction work” – Scott Foundas, VARIETY


WINNER: Public Prize, Bronze Fantasia, Best Documentary, Fantasia 2007


Director: Robinson Devor
Screenplay: Charles Mudede, Robinson Devor
Cast: Richard Carmen Paul Eenhoorn Russell Hodgkinson John Paulsen
Producers: Peggy Case, Alexis Ferris

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