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2 September 2009 (France) See more »
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Warfare or crime spree?
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Cast

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Rie Rasmussen ... Adria Shala

Nikola Djuricko ... Srdjan Vasiljevic
Nick Corey ... Shawn Reagan
Vojin Cetkovic ... Alex

Hiam Abbass ... Mina
Saïd Amadis ... Mohamed
Branislav Lecic ... Commander Stojkovic
Ivan Jevtovic ... Milan
Jean-Pierre Sanchez ... Omar

Cyril Raffaelli ... Detective Dacae
Daphné Hacquard ... Kameela (as Daphné Hacquart)
Jean-Luc Boucherot ... Michaël
Vladimir Posavec ... Dario
Branislav Tomasevic ... Captain Plavcic
Dany Benedito ... Mrs. Mordeaux
Uros Milovanovic ... Boy
Jelena Gavrilovic ... Natasha (as Jelena Gravilovic)
Milica Gutovic ... Mrs. Stojkovic
Laurent Moreau ... Police officer
Jules Madi ... Mr. Traboulsi
Elizabeta Djorevska ... Kosovar woman
Bojan Serafimovic ... Cocaine cop
Philippe Diamantis ... Marseillais
Mathias Baudez ... Patrick
Driss Spinosa ... Running boy (as Driss Spinoza)
Cathy Darietto ... Laura
Stefo Linard ... Captain Falcon
Rastko Jankovic ... Yuri

Milos Timotijevic ... Boris
Marko Crnogorac ... Arms dealer
Djordje Ercevic ... Bribe cop
Vladimir Paunovic ... TV journalist
Zoran Tomic ... Massage parlor thug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marcus-Vinicius DeFaria ... Mrs. Mordeaux
Adrijana Guza Dejanovic ... Escort girl
Jelana Delic ... Serveuse discothèque
Aminata Diouf ... Madame Kiga
Nenad Dobrivojevic ... Conducteur van
Jamila El Hassnaoui ... Lolita
Mouton Eric
Grace Hace ... Detective Tracy
Kushtrim Hoxha ... KLA Soldier
Milan Junak
Katarina Kaplanac
Soumia Khoualed ... Amira
Ambroise M'Balla ... Pierre
Martin M'Balla ... Garçon rue
Danijela Marinkovic ... Danseuse 1
Benoit Martin
Helliott Martin
Katarina Micunovic ... Danseuse 2
Vesna Milisavljevic
Dejan Prijic ... Homme en veste de cuir
Ivana Radovic ... Vendeuse chaussures
Vuk Vidor ... Dejan
Visar Vishka ... KLA commander
Samia Ziadi
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Directed by
Rie Rasmussen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rie Rasmussen  written by

Produced by
Didier Hoarau .... executive producer
Robert Naskov .... line producer: Macedonia
Andjelija Vlaisavljevic .... line producer: Serbia
 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast 
 
Film Editing by
Mickael Dumontier 
 
Casting by
Anne Fremiot 
 
Production Design by
Hugues Tissandier 
 
Set Decoration by
Jasna Dragovic 
 
Costume Design by
Joana George-Rossi 
 
Makeup Department
Frédérique Arguello .... key hair stylist
Martina Subic-Dodocic .... makeup artist
Aya Yabuuchi .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Benjamin Granier .... assistant general manager
Erwan Hiernard .... assistant unit manager
David Piechaczek .... unit manager
Leila Smith .... production supervisor
Aleksandar Tadic .... unit manager
Sidonie Waserman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zoran Andric .... first assistant director
Christel Bordon .... second assistant director
Srdjan Spasic .... second assistant director
Mila Turajlic .... third assistant director
Aidan Wood .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Radoslav Mihajlovic .... construction coordinator
Bujar Muca .... assistant production designer: Macedonia
Srdjan Nedeljkovic .... props
Zoran Petrovic .... prop buyer
 
Sound Department
Adrien Arnaud .... foley editor
Damien Aubry .... assistant sound editor
Guillaume Bouchateau .... sound editor
Matthieu Dallaporta .... adr mixer
Matthieu Dallaporta .... dialogue editor
François Fayard .... sound editor
Loïc Gourbe .... sound recordist
Daniel Gries .... assistant foley artist
Didier Lozahic .... sound re-recording mixer
Nemanja Novicic .... boom operator
Vlada Stosic .... boom operator
Nenad Vukadinovic .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Muhamed M'Barek .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Lohengrin Braconnier .... assistant colorist
Émilie Feret .... visual effects coordinator
Elodie Glain .... visual effects coordinator
Rodney Musso .... assistant colorist: Digital Factory
Aurélie Villard .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Branislav Fistric .... stunt
Zvonimir Hace .... stunt performer
Kosta Jovic .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... steadicam operator
Magali Bragard .... still photographer
Mihailo Dobric .... video operator
Slobodan Gojkovic .... gaffer
Srdjan Gojkovic .... electrician
Djuro Lazic .... second assistant camera
Djurica Nikolic .... electrician
Svetomir Pajic .... camera operator
Slobodan Pikula .... still photographer
Nicolas Ragetly .... rigging grip
Alexandre Ricco .... grip
Nenad Vasic .... grip
Trajche Velichkovski .... grip
Nelly Vernochet .... video assist
Milos Vidakovic .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Vesna Milic .... casting: Serbia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Momirka Bailovic .... wardrobe supervisor
Stefan Savkovic .... assistant costume designer
Marija Vidanovic .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Fabrice Blin .... colorist
Vivien Casamian .... assistant editor
Lorraine Houpert .... assistant colorist
 
Transportation Department
Marko Crnogorac .... transportation coordinator
Ilija Dzikic .... production driver
Nikola Simic .... picture car coordinator
 
Other crew
Milica Bregovic .... assistant accountant
Nina Caminski .... production coordinator: Macedonia
Zoja Djordjevic .... production secretary
Sandra Djurickovic .... production coordinator
Claire Dumaze .... script supervisor
Slavko Gjorgjievski .... action cars coordinator
Slavko Gjorgjievski .... production assistant
Robert Jazadziski .... location manager: Macedonia
Ljiljana Kovacevic .... production accountant
Dejan Krajcevski .... assistant location manager
Marija Markovic .... office runner
Vuk Mrenovic .... location manager: Serbia
 

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18 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
My best Berlinale '09 film, 20 February 2009
Author: katchita from Germany

Not for the faint at heart, Human Zoo takes up the sociopathy of betrayal, in the context of love and war. Writer/director Rie Rasmussen also plays the main character, a woman of mixed Serbian-Albanian parentage narrowly saved from rape or worse in 1999 Kosovo by a man who is, aside from a quirky feminist streak, strictly psychopathic. During her subsequent time with him in the anarchic mafiadom of Belgrade, the camera returns to her wrist wounds from the war. She worries them open again and again; we see quiet drops of blood, richly red, artistic, fall onto an etched glass bowl in one scene, contrasting with some of the more effective portrayals of violence I've seen in recent years in the cinema. We observe the betrayal of nearly every norm of decent society as Rasmussen rages at this world of ours. It's a particularly female form of rage, and I, for one, think it's about time the world take note.

The film was not perfect, with a couple of confused plot twists that may have been due to either over-writing, over-editing or a combination of the two. But when I see this sort of energy in a director's first feature film, that's something to which I play close attention. Lead actor Vojin Cetkovic from Serbia dominates the half of the film that takes place in Kosovo and Serbia. He played a bit role in my to-date, all-time Berlinale favorite, Klopka. He's a thinking-woman's psychopath whose ruminations on the societal constructions intended to make us "human" are the strongest and most startling part of Rasmussen's work. Any actor capable of making me believe someone out there could truly find it more justifiable to kill children ["after all, what do they have: at most, maybe 5, 6, 7 friends?!"] is, strictly speaking, a cinematic genius.

I saw Human Zoo during its second Berlinale screening, and the post-film environment smacked of conspiracy, into which the audience sank with palpable satisfaction. Prior to the screening, Berlinale staff indicated it wouldn't be followed by a Q&A as they didn't believe the director was present. Afterward, however, the supporting male actor, Nick Correy, jumped on stage and angrily denounced Luc Bresson, much of the time without a microphone, until one belatedly surfaced, the Berlinale crew all the while indicating that scheduling didn't allow for a Q&A. He talked about obstacles to the film's financing and production, then Rasmussen showed up very briefly on stage, after which they both took it outside the theater.

Their message was that, short days before the Berlinale, a non-disclosure agreement had been signed and Bresson's name had, from complete absence, been elevated to a prominent place on the credits, this being the first time a film with his involvement had been chosen to open the Berlinale Panorama. Interestingly, IMDb has nothing linking him with this film as of this writing. Outside, the press swirled around (Variety panned it) and I thought to myself, this film will be a hit. We'll see, but with a beautiful, angry and talented actress/ex-model-cum-director/writer at the center of an artistic controversy, it has all the elements. If it actually gets released, then run, don't walk, to see this film.

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