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Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Russia, France, Germany 2016 / 87’

Natasha works at the zoo, spending most of her time in the office with bubbleheaded coworkers. After work, she returns home to her mother and meowing cat, a life that reflects many others in a mid-sized Russian town with zero prospects in sight. All that changes when Natasha discovers she has a tail and her physical morph evokes a change in perspective on life and the people who reject her new persona. As fear spreads in town of a strange being that has a tail and rumors swirl about a witch that abducts innocents, even the local Orthodox Church gets involved. As Natasha attempts to forge a new life in this chaos, and treats her tail as a watershed opportunity, she falls in love with Peter. Zoology is a bitter and at times surreal portrait of an innocent woman with no way out of the ties that bind.

Joanna Ostrowska


Karlovy Vary IFF 2016 - Special Jury Award

Ivan I. Tverdovsky

Russian director, screenwriter and cinematographer Ivan Tverdovsky was born in 1988 in Moscow. In 2006 entered VGIK, the experimental directing workshop of Alexei Uchitel. He is curator of the Russian shorts program for the Moscow IFF and, since 2012, member of the board of the Russian Guild of Non-Fiction Cinema and Television. His shorts have received awards at numerous international festivals. Correction Class (2014) is his full-length debut.

Selected filmography

2012 Sobachiy kayf / Space Dog (short, doc.)

2012 Pianizm / Pianism (doc.)

2014 Klasa wyrównawcza / Klass korrektsii / Corrections Class

2016 Zoologia / Zoologiya / Zoology

Cast & Crew

director Ivan I. Tverdovsky
screenplay Ivan I. Tverdovsky
cinematography Aleksandr Mikeladze
editing Ivan I. Tverdovsky, Vincent Assman
cast Natalya Pavlenkova, Dmitriy Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko, Zhanetta Demikhova
producer Natalia Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova, Uliana Savelieva
production New People Film Company, Arizona Productions, Moviebrats Pictures
sales New Europe Film Sales
language Russian
colouration colour