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POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO

Indonesia, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Accent on Asia)

Director: Edwin

POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO

“An unclassifiable work of striking originality.” - Screen Daily

The theme of longing is apparent early on in the ethereal Postcards from the Zoo, when we see the young Lana wandering around Jakarta's zoo at night calling out for her father, who abandoned her there. Flash forward several years later, and Lana is now an adult, raised by a tiger trainer. She spends her days visiting animal enclosures until she falls in love with a street magician. Together they leave the confines of the only world Lana has ever known.

Fresh from the Berlinale competition, Postcards From the Zoo tells a dreamy story about estrangement and abandonment. Like the animals removed from their natural habitat, Lana exists in a sort of dazed numbness. Whilst echoing Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Nymph, MIFF 09; Ploy, MIFF 08) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesThe Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, MIFF 09) Edwin is clearly an auteur in his own right.

D/S Edwin P Meiske Taurisia WS The Match Factory L Indonesian w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

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