Zookeeper

Zookeeper

Director: Ralph Ziman

Cast: Ralph Ziman, Sam Neill, Gina McKee, Ulrich Thomsen

     
 

A man who has devoted his life to animals rather than dealing with the emotional and political uncertainties of humans finds he's challenged when his zoo becomes a battlefield in this downbeat drama. Ludovic (Sam Neill) lives and works in an unnamed city in the Balkans; once an idealistic communist, he grew disenchanted with politics in general and socialism in… See more details below

Overview

A man who has devoted his life to animals rather than dealing with the emotional and political uncertainties of humans finds he's challenged when his zoo becomes a battlefield in this downbeat drama. Ludovic (Sam Neill) lives and works in an unnamed city in the Balkans; once an idealistic communist, he grew disenchanted with politics in general and socialism in particular, and now devotes his energies to his job as a zookeeper. Political turmoil has thrown the zoo into the middle of a war zone, and after repeated bombing raids have come perilously close to the animal sanctuary, the staff has been ordered to evacuate. But Ludovic refuses to leave, and with the help of a staff veterinarian (Om Puri), he single-handedly tends to the needs of the animals. Ludovic, however, learns that there's no escaping the chaos around him, and as troops led by Dragov (Ulrich Thomsen) raid the zoo and take the veterinarian away in the name of "ethnic cleansing," he realizes he must make some sort of a stand, and soon gives sanctuary to Ankica (Gina McKee) and Zioig (Javor Loznica), a mother and her son who narrowly escaped execution in a nearby village. The Zookeeper was director Ralph Ziman's second film dealing with the dangers and tragedies of racially motivated politics, following his 1995 debut Hearts and Minds.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2010
UPC:
0187830004030
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Brink
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
69,105

Special Features

Trailer; Behind the scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill Ludovic
Gina McKee Ankica
Ulrich Thomsen Dragov
Om Puri The Vet
Javor Loznica Zioig

Technical Credits
Ralph Ziman Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Michael Alden Producer
Matthew Bishop Original Story,Screenwriter
Marcel de Hoogd Sound/Sound Designer
Nikolaj Egelund Score Composer
Celestia Fox Casting
Christopher Holmes Editor
Juliusz Kossakowski Producer
Piotr Kukla Cinematographer
Rob Langestraat Executive Producer
Michael Laursen Executive Producer
Michael Lunderskov Executive Producer
Martin Maly Production Designer
Gavin Poolman Executive Producer
Stig Sparre-Ulrich Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zookeeper
1. First Symptoms [11:05]
2. Meet Zioig [6:02]
3. The Zoo is Closed! [6:28]
4. Dragov Takes the Vet [3:38]
5. Talking to the Monkey [6:38]
6. Nursing Zioig [6:29]
7. Ankica [6:16]
8. Blood On Your Hands [6:26]
9. Book of Poems [4:32]
10. Young Lions [6:26]
11. I Walk On Glass [6:54]
12. Equals [6:07]
13. Fire In the Monkey House [5:34]
14. Men Do Cry [6:11]
15. Zebra Stripes [11:19]

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