Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In 1941, marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a directive from the Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 23 animals at Belfast Zoo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the backyard of her terraced home. There, she cared for and comforted it as the Luftwaffe bombs rained down over Belfast. That true story is the inspiration for “Zoo.” Seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Tom (Art Parkinson), aided and abetted by his misfit friends, this moving adventure unfolds as Tom takes on the fight to save Buster the elephant. The film co-stars Toby Jones (“The Hunger Games”) and Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey”) as Tom’s adult allies. The LA Times writes: “It all plays out more convincingly than it may sound, with (director Colin) McIvor layering in depth, dimension and grace. Period re-creation is also first rate and, for animal fans, there’s eye candy aplenty in the form of giraffes, lions, chimps, flamingos and, of course, one soulful elephant.”

96 min.

Directed by

Colin McIvor


Ireland U.K.

Film Category

International Spotlight SLIFF/Kids Family Films


War Youth


Family Film Historical Drama

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