Postcards from the Zoo

by Edwin

Postcards from the Zoo


This is a story of Lana.

Her memories started 20 years ago, when her father abandoned her in the zoo. For 20 years, she was raised by animal trainers who also lived at the zoo. The sound of the Hippo's steps, the flapping of the Elephant's ears, the strange, flute-like sound of the Giraffe; the zoo is the only world she knows. Over time, Lana forgets her father.

One day, a handsome boy, comes to the zoo. He is a charming street magician with many tricks, and Lana falls in love. She leaves the trainers and the zoo to wander the streets of Jakarta with her magician. She becomes his assistant, selling medicine and performing magic. One day, the Magician disappears while performing his magic and Lana is left alone.

Lana is sold to the Planet Spa and works as a masseuse ‘with benefits.' Her customers love her, but Lana is miserable - longing for the magician and the animal trainers at the zoo.

Lana escapes the spa and returns to the zoo, but when she arrives, no one else is there. She finds herself alone once again in the zoo - the sound of the Hippo's steps, the flapping of the Elephant's ears, the strange, flute-like sound of the Giraffe.



Edwin was born in Surabaya, Indonesia 31 years ago.
In 1999, he left Surabaya to study film at The Jakarta Institute of Arts. During that time he participated in film workshops at the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Asian Film Academy in Pusan, South Korea.

In 2005, he wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon, which became the first Indonesian short film screened at the Director's Fortnight, Cannes 2005. His next short film, Trip To The Wound (2007), was selected for the International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in February 2008. Edwin's third short Hulahoop Soundings (2008), a commissioned project for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, screened at the International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in February 2009.

Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly (2008), his feature film debut, made its world premiere at 13th Pusan IFF in South Korea and played such festivals as Rotterdam IFF, the 11th BAFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 33rd Hong Kong, International Film Festival, 35th Seattle International Film Festival, 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Rep., and 58th Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia. The film also screened at MoMa, the Viennale, Taipei Golden Horse Intl Film Festival, Thessaloniki Intl Film Festival, amongst others.

Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly won numerous awards including the Fipresci Award, IFF Rotterdam 2009; Special Jury Mention, Singapore IFF 2009; NETPAC, Taipei Golden Horse IFF 2009; Silver Award, Festival3 Continents, 2009; Youth Film Award, Festival3 Continents, 2009, amongst others.

2008 HULAHOOP (short) 
2007 TRIP TO THE WOUND (short)


Ladya Cheryl - Old Lana
Nicholas Saputra - the Magician
Adje Nur Ahmad
Klarysa Aurelia Raditya 


Written and Directed by: Edwin
Co-Writers: Daud Sumolang, Titien Wattimena
Producer: Meiske Taurisia
Line Producer: Sari Mochtan
Co-Producers: Lorna Tee, Thanassis Karathanos, Karl Baumgartner
Associate Producer: Kemal Arsjad
Director of Photography: Sidi Saleh
Editor: Herman Kumala Panca
Animation: Tjiptoningtyas
Sound Designer: Wahyu Tri Purnomo
Scoring Music: Dave Lumenta
Art Supervisor: Eros Eflin
Art Directors: Bayu Christianto, Kurniawansyah Putra
Costume Designer: Aulia Yogyanti
Casting: Nanda Giri
Make up: Eba Sheba
Magic Coach: Calloy Santiago 

Financed with the support of: Torino Film Fund, Hubert Bals Fund, Göteborg International Film Festival Fund, Sundance Institute, L'Atelier Cinefondation, Cinemart, Asian Project Market

Supported by: Sundance Institue Feature Film Programm
With additional support from: Sundance Institute/Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Grant 

A production of BABIBUTA FILM
In co-production with Pallas Film

Technical Data

Format: 35mm / Color / 1:1,85 / Dolby Digital
Length: 96 min.

Original Language: Indonesian
Original Title: Kebun Binatang 


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