The Matinees



Film info

  • Country:Irska
  • Director:Colin McIvor
  • Year:2017
  • Duration:97'
  • Actors:Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney, Toby Jones


Accompanying his veterinarian dad to the zoo each day, Tom develops a deep bond with the animals that he treats as friends. When World War II escalates and Tom's dad is conscripted in the British army, the fate of the animals is placed in Tom's hands. With looming air raids and murmurs that, in the event of a bombing, the animals are viewed as a risk to public safety, Tom hatches a plan to move Buster the elephant to a safe location. Unable to carryout the plan on his own, he enlists the help of his misfit friends. Reluctant to participate, they ultimately find a suitable hiding place with eccentric animal lover Denise (Penelope Wilton, Downton Abbey). Together, they work to keep Buster hidden from authorities, but when his health starts to deteriorate, they'll have to risk it all by returning to the zoo to retrieve his medicine. Inspired by true events, this story serves as a reminder that friendship and heroism can come from unlikely places.

About the director

A graduate of the University of Ulster in Belfast in Visual Communications, Colin McIvor's debut feature Cup Cake (2010) has won numerous international awards including First in The Best Feature Category at Rhode Island International Film Festival 2010 and The Audience Award at Belfast Film Festival 2010. His second feature 'Zoo' as writer/director was released in 2018 in US and UK to great critical acclaim including winning at Seattle International Film Festival, Giffoni Film Festival, Filemon Int. Film Festival and Castellinaria Int. Film Festival 2018.

Screening schedule

  • 04.07.2019.

    CineStar Vukovar


Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.

Festival hosts
  • Discovery
  • Grad Vukovar
  • Hrvatski dom Vukovar
Srebrni sponzor
  • Pevec
  • Grad Zagreb
  • Hrvatski audiovizualni centar
  • Vukovarsko-srijemska županija
  • TZ Vukovar
  • Bobi
  • Turistička zajednica Vukovarsko-srijemske zajednice
  • Elatus
  • Iločki podrumi
  • Alatir
  • Vukovarsko pivo
  • PBZ

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