EXCLUSIVE: Ivan Tverdovsky’s supernatural drama tells the story of a woman whose life turns around after she grows a tail.


Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has picked up Ivan Tverdovsky’s supernatural drama Zoology.

The film marks Tverdovsky’s follow-up to festival favourite, Corrections Class, which won the best debut prize at Kinotavr Festival in Sochi, the East of the West Award in Karlovy Vary and four prizes in Cottbus FF, as well as screening to acclaim at many other events.

Zoology is the story of a middle-aged zoo worker Natasha, who still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck in a rut and it seems that life has no surprises in store for her until one day when her life turns around after she grows a tail.

The film is produced by New People Film Company (Russia), Arizona Productions (France) and MovieBrats Pictures (Germany). 

Clips from the film were presented at Les Arcs Coproduction Village in December. The sales agent revealed that the film already has strong festival premieres lined up for the second half of the year.

“I loved Correction Class for its fresh, humanist style so I was tracking Zoology for a while,” said New Europe CEO Jan Naszewski. “It’s amazing how Ivan captures ordinary people in extraordinary situations with respect and subtle humor at the same time.”

New Europe is the sales agent behind Icelandic Un Certain Regard winner Rams and Berlinale Silver Bear winner United States Of Love. 

The company is also handling Asaph Polonsky’s black comedy One Week And A Day, which screens at Cannes in Critics’ Week.