There are a select group of documentaries that should be seen on the big screen, and Robinson Devor's "Zoo" is definitely one of them. Shot in sumptuous 16mm (while watching it feels like 35mm scope), "Zoo" opens today at the IFC Center and at the NuArt in L.A. next weekend and will hopefully be coming soon to a town near you. Here's an excerpt from my review after the film's Sundance premiere:
"Known as the "horse-fucking movie," Robinson Devor's lyrical nonfiction portrait "Zoo" is, on the contrary, one of the most beautiful films of the year, let alone at Sundance. Without a hint of sensationalism or condemnation, the movie explores the true story of a Boeing engineer who died in 2005 from a ruptured colon after being mounted by a Stallion. The "Enumclaw Horse Sex Incident," as it was known, shocked residents and news commentators, and resulted in many a joke around the water cooler. But Devor steps back from the headlines to create a dreamy contemplation of man, nature and morality."