Berlinale

Postcards from the zoo (Kebun binatang)

Synopsis
Abandoned in a zoo by her father when she was a little girl, Lana grew up surrounded by animals, gates and the sounds of a subdued wilderness. Raised by animal trainers, the zoo is the only world she knows. She learns to appreciate the graceful steps of the hippo, the elegance of the giraffe, the dignity of an elephant flipping its ears. One day, a handsome young man enters her world, a charismatic cowboy who knows some magical tricks. Lana falls in love. She becomes the magician’s assistant and at his side, she leaves the zoo for the very first time. But one day, during one of his performances, the magician disappears. Lana is then sold to work in an erotic massage parlour. In her heart she sadly longs for the magician and the animals that used to make her world one full of meaning. Between the remembrance of things past and the desire to find her own path, Lana has to make up her mind.


World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2012, Competition

Theatrical release in Germany
September 13, 2012

Key festivals and awards
Asian and Arab Competition Award, Cinefan – Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema 2012
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012
Tribeca 2012
Edward Yang New Talent Award - Asian Film Awards 2012

Indonesia
Director: Edwin
German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH
World sales: The Match Factory

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in May 2012
Funding amount: 7,000 €