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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2017

Benjamin, Germany’s favorite animated elephant, and friends, come up against Zora Zack, the zoo’s new director, who is charged with modernizing the establishment. But there is something about her that is just not right. It is her dislike of animals? Is it that she is allergic to them? And why are her changes actually for the worse? Benjamin realizes there is much more to her game than even he first thought when Alfred Ape grabs Zack’s camera and finds the proof: she is planning to downsize the zoo in favor of new, luxury apartments with a lakeside view! Zack will stop at nothing, including having Benjamin kidnapped and shipped overseas. But she has not reckoned on Benjamin’s friends, who are now determined to stop her.
Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Director Tim Trachte
Screenplay Bettina Börgerding
Cinematography Fabian Rösler
Cast Manuel Santos Gelke, Tim Oliver Schultz, Friedrich von Thun, Liane Forestieri, Dieter Hallervorden, Heike Makatsch, Max von Thun, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Alexander Schubert, Petra Nadolny, Johannes Suhm
Producers Christian Becker, Martin Richter
Co-Producers Isabel Hund, Kalle Friz
Production Company Westside Filmproduktion GmbH, in co-production with STUDIOCANAL Film, Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Kiddinx Filmproduction/Berlin
Shooting Dates March-May 2017
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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