Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

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Yacine is the veterinarian of the only zoo remaining in the Palestinian West Bank. He lives alone with his 10-year-old son, Ziad. The kid has a special bond with the two giraffes in the zoo. He seems to be the only one to communicate with them. After an air raid in the region, the male giraffe dies. His mate, Rita, won't survive unless the veterinarian finds her a new companion. The only zoo that might provide this animal is located in Tel Aviv...
Pyramide International

Scenes at the border crossing are routine, but a sequence set in an underpass, in which Yacine is confronted by hostile Israeli soldiers, has genuine power. Also noteworthy is how the director shows Yacine's frustration at having to combat not just the Occupation, but also corrupt Palestinians in the guise of zoo director Marwan.

tags: Arab World, Family, Humor, Crisis/ Revolution, Feature film, Animal

Cast: Saleh Bakri, Laure de Clermont, Roschdy Zem, Ahmed Bayatra, Tarek Copti


Screenplay: Rani Massalha, Original von/ by: Xavier Nemo

Director of Photography: Manuel Teran

Film Editor: Carlotta Christiani

Composer: Benjamin Grospiron

Production Designer: Yoel Herzberg

Costume Design: Shams Shaloufi

Sound: Christoph Schilling, Christophe Etrillard, Roberto Cappannelli

Producer: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnere

Production Company: MACT Productions

Co-Producer: Bettina Brokemper, Lionello Cerri

World Sales: Pyramide International

Director: Rani Massalha