POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO, which is screening in the Main Competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival, has been one of the most talked-about titles here. The film, from the single-named Indonesian auteur Edwin, is an either-you-love-it-or-you-hate-it entry that has sold to multiple territories, including Germany and Korea. The film tells the tale of a “wild child” who is raised by zookeepers. The filmmaker employs a kind of magical realism to offer portraits of its actors (both human and animal) at the 250-acre wildlife preserve where the film is set. The film introduces us to some highly cinematic animals, including a giraffe named Jura who becomes one of the movie’s three co-stars. The film is mainly seen through the point of view of a little girl wandering around in search of her father in a rather surreal world where human and mammals are deeply interconnected.
Grade: A- Greta Gerwig is one of the most underrated talents working in movies today. Not only has she given one great performance after another, but she’s also consistently taking on roles that define Generation Y. She acted as the … Continue reading
Dostoyevsky, Kant, Sartre and the standard Woody Allen May-December romance. Reaffirms Allen’s belief that intellect wins the ladies. Do you have a moral curfew? If you could go back in time, would you baby Hitler to save millions of … Continue reading
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading