Sundance Film Festival Featuring Documentary About Banging Animals, I Pray It Wins An Oscar Just For the Discomfort at The Ceremony When They Have to Play an Excerpt From it When The Nominees Are Announced

January 22nd, 2007 // 6 Comments

The Sundance Film Festival is this week, and one of the entries is a documentary about bestiality. For those of you not in the know, that means when humans have sex with animals. The LA Times has the scoop. Woof!

“Zoo” is a documentary about what director Robinson Devor accurately characterizes as “the last taboo, on the boundary of something comprehensible.” But remarkably, an elegant, eerily lyrical film has resulted.

“Zoo,” premiering before a rapt audience Saturday night at Sundance, manages to be a poetic film about a forbidden subject, a perfect marriage between a cool and contemplative director (the little-seen “Police Beat”) and potentially incendiary subject matter: sex between men and animals. Not graphic in the least, this strange and strangely beautiful film combines audio interviews (two of the three men involved did not want to appear on camera) with elegiac visual re-creations intended to conjure up the mood and spirit of situations. The director himself puts it best: “I aestheticized the sleaze right out of it.”

Being a gay man in a world where people are really judgey about who you sleep with and what you’re into, I say live and let live. But does the animal get a choice? This is why I don’t have a pet. They’re far too seductive to some people. God, that Doberman’s got a hot ass. What?

By J. Harvey
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  1. pinksalute

    This movie is about animal cruelty…plain and simple.

    Sundance has taken the low road..

    very very sad..

  2. Paige

    Beastiality is super-duper sick and all, but I’m pretty sure pedophiles are more universally reviled.

    This film sounds intriguing in a “morbid curiousity” kind of way. Although, it sounds like they completely white-washed the disturbing nature of the subject with moody music and “visual recreations”. I mean, the director was too afraid of the reality of his chosen subject matter to include even a few seconds of ACTUAL footage.

    I hope the director’s purpose wasn’t to justify beastiality or make the subject palatable to the public. Some behaviors SHOULD be looked down upon.

  3. susiegrl

    You know….sex between consenting adults, gay or straight, is nobody’s business except those on the giving and receiving end of things….BUT!!!!
    Animals and people??!!
    Hell is too good a place for people like that.

  4. mr

    Bestiality is abuse. Plain and simple. You can aesthetize all kinds of horrible things but it doesn’t change their true nature. Sundance doesn’t show propaganda films about child sexual abuse, why can’t they have the same consideration for animals, who are equally powerless in this world?

  5. Mattie

    We have reached a new low.

  6. Ani

    Good for them for making a film that makes people uncomfortable. People SHOULD be uncomfortable. They SHOULD learn to deal with things that are ugly and disturbing. And the filmmakers should be able to do whatever they want (within legal limits). Think it’s gross, unncessary and cruel to animals? Don’t watch it. Write a letter to PETA. Go rub one out.

    Freedom of speech also extends to what you don’t agree with.

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