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The Rendez-vous in the Zoo
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The Rendez-vous in the Zoo

The Rendez-vous in the Zoo

A movie about people on their journey to find the secret about animals

1995

Documentary

82 Min

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Synopsis

They are the heros of our fairytales. Unexpectedly they appear in our dreams, look at us. We hear their noises, their words and we understand what they mean - at least as long as we dream.

A cinematographic essay about the relationship between humans and animals; a journey from the Basel zoo oft he present to the colonially determined past oft he zoos of Hambrug and Berlin, where – as in Basel – not only animals but also groups of people from exotic countries were displayed tot he public around the turn od the century. The journey takes us from the iron bars oft he 18th and 19th centuries in the Parisian „Jardin des Plants“ tot he 20th century with its artificially laid out rain forest and deserts of Arnheim, and tot he future od the synthetic and hyper-real jungle of the New York Bronx zoo. The zoo is experienced as a natural spectacle for town dwellers, as a place of research, and above all as a venue for fascinating encounters with wild animals, a place which we like to visit from time to time, perhaps in the hope of learning something about ourselves.

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Crew

Director
Christoph Schaub

Producer
Alfi Sinniger,
Peter Baumann 

Writer
Christoph Schaub,
Martin Witz

Cinematographer
Pio Corradi  

Editor 
Fee Liechti 

Location Sound
Martin Witz 

Festivals

International Premiere at the Dok. Filmfestival Leipzig 2018 - International Competition

Solothurn Filmfestival 2019 Prix de publique

  • Melbourne Design Week, Australia
  • Copenhagen Architecture Festival AAFx 4.-14.4.

Dog.Fest München 8.-19.5. Best of Festival

Docs Against Gravity Warschau 10.-19.5

Docaviv - The Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival 8.5. - 19.5.

Awards

Qualitätsprämie of EDI Switzerland