ZOO LOCKDOWN

ZOO LOCKDOWN

ZOO LOCKDOWN


Austria 2022
73 minutes
director: Andreas Horvath

This is an exciting visual adventure by an exceptional Austrian photographer and filmmaker who exclusively introduces us to the world closed behind the long-locked doors of the Salzburg Zoo, to the world like from fairy tales and dreams.

The unexpected circumstances of the lockdown during the covid 19 pandemic left permanent residents of Salzburg Zoo without daily visits and noisy presence of visitors. In addition to the very discreet staff that maintains the basic living conditions, animals are left completely alone most of the time and left to their own devices. Through a series of surprising scenes the author virtuosly transforms the architectural particularity of the garden, full of glass partitions that relieve the impression of confinement and enable communication between animals, while making the space fluid, unreal and dreamlike. The presence of animals from a solid and unquestionable existence in life and on the screen often passes into unusual states between reality and apparition. Thoughtful, precisely chosen shots, with scenes sometimes as if from another, to us unknown world, very carefully study these creatures that we often take for granted and awaken in us the awareness of the equality of all living beings, in which man doesn't have and shouldn't have a privileged place . The secret of creatures remain undiscovered and exciting, and even the reappearance of people, daily visitors, who in their false superiority turn this place into a so-called zoo, trivializing the world, does not manage to change that.

A remarkable cinema experience, an impressive story almost without a single word about life and living beings with whom we share the that we live on.


Andreas Horvath

Born in 1968 in Salzburg, Austria. Studied photography in Vienna and multimedia art in Salzburg. As a photographer, he published black and white photo albums about Yakutia in Siberia and rural America. His works were shown abroad at individual and group exhibitions. Horvath's films premiered in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. He is the winner of the Max Ophüls Award; he was honoured by the Ministry of Culture of Austria with an Outstanding Artist Award. In 2019 he worked on his first feature fiction film "Lilian" in collaboration with the Austrian author Urlich Seidl who was the producer of the project.

Selected filmography

  • THIS AIN’T HEARTLAND, 2004
  • ARAB ATTRACTION, 2010
  • EARTH’S GOLDEN PLAYGROUND, 2013
  • HELMUT BERGER, ACTOR, 2015
  • ZOO LOCKDOWN, 2022