A prominent and significant theme running deep within Turley’s practice is the relationship between the animal and the self. Contemplating Zane, we have collated a list of films inspired by the intimate connections often experienced between humans and wild, untamed animals.
Tropical Malady (2004)
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Split into two parts, Tropical Malady charts the unusual relationship between two men. Set in Thailand the film moves from urban cityscape to the tropical unknown of the jungle. In the jungle, the men encounter a wild tiger, evoking and freeing the primal instinct we intrinsically possess as humans.
Director: Denis Cote
A visually striking documentary exploring the complexities between beasts and humans, formed through the captivity of animal Zoo’s. As the seasons change, so does the gaze and shared understanding between both species.
Director: Ken Loach
Kes is the unlikely story of 15 year old Billy Casper, bullied at school and abused at home, he trains and tames a Kestrel Falcon, whom he names Kes. Overtime bird and boy form an inimitable bond, freeing both from the reality of their everyday lives.
The Lobster (2015)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
A dark comedy, the film presents a dystopian reality wherein single people are targeted by a fictitious government. Once captured, the humans are kept in a hotel with others where they are given 45 days to find a partner. If they fail, they are transformed into animals and set free into the wild.
Amores Perros (2000)
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Brought together by a fatal car crash, Amores Perros presents the interconnecting lives of Octavio, Daniel and Valeria and El Chivo. Each story centers on human obsession and desire, paralleled by the characters unusual and distinctive relationship with dogs.
Grizzly Man (2005)
Director: Werner Herzog
In October 2013, Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed by a Grizzly Bear in rural Alaska. This docudrama explores Treadwell’s eccentric journey living with and attempting to find a solace with the untamed and endangered animals.
Director: Grimur Hakonarson
Rams, tells the story of Gummi and Kiddi, two Icelandic brothers who haven’t spoken in over four decades. Although ostracised from each other, the pair work side-by-side, tending to their prize winning ancestral sheep flock. When a life threatening disease infects the flock and the village, the pair must reunite to protect their livelihood.
Inside Lleweyn Davis (2013)
Directors: Coen Brothers
Oscar Isaac is a struggling musician living in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Whilst staying the night on a friends sofa, Isaac is accidentally left in charge of his friends, the Gorfeins’, cat. The cat escapes whilst with Isaac in the city. The film charts the daily struggles of the musician, alongside various unexpected interactions with his friends cat.