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.
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It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading