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English title: Zoo
Original title: Zoo
German title: Zoo
Ireland, Great Britain, 2017

Director: McIvor, Colin
Production company: A Ripple World Pictures (IE), Wee Buns Ltd (GB)
Age recommendation: 8 years and up
Length: 96 min.
Film genre: Feature film

In 1941 marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a directive from The Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 23 animals at Belfast Zoo. They destroyed one hyena, six wolves, one puma, one tiger, one black bear, one Barbary lion, two polar bears, one lynx and giant rat named Hugo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the back yard of her terraced home. There she cared for and comforted it as the Luftwaffe bombs rained down over Belfast.

Inspired by this true story, 'Zoo' sees Tom, a 10-year-old boy, take on the fight to save Buster the elephant aided and abetted by his misfit friends.

"Zoo" is based on the true story of Denise Austin, a keeper at Belfast Zoo during the "Blitzkrieg" in 1941 known as the “elephant angel”.

New York CFF 2018, TIFF Kids Toronto 2018, Stockholm Junior 2018, Zlin 2018, Giffoni 2018 (awarded), Filem'On Brussels CFF 2018 (special mention), Castellinaria Bellinzona 2018 (awarded), Ale Kino! CFF Poznan 2018, China CFF Guangzhou 2019

Website: www.weebunsfilms.com

World sales address/es:
Metro International (GB)