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Chicago PremiereFacets Film Dialogue with producer Jordana Glick-Franzheim
ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT
"Engaging" -New York Times
"A poignant documentary whose simple premise masks a substantial emotional wallop" -Onion AV Club
"Admirably, and gently, raises questions about the folly and hubris of a relationship that may only ever be one-sided" -Village Voice
"Lovingly directed" -New York Post
"May well be the most moving film of 2011... a lovely, important achievement" -Film Journal
"One Lucky Elephant effortlessly shuttles between unlikely love story, wildlife documentary, and character portraiture" -Slant Magazine
"One Lucky Elephant ...is simple enough to delight a child and complex enough to baffle a philosopher" -Roger Ebert
Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus? Sixteen years have passed since circus producer David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant. As Flora approaches adulthood, he realizes that she is not happy performing. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora and that she needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora's retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey which tests their bond in unexpected ways.
Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant eschews easy sentimentality and does not avoid examining the problems and mysteries posed by keeping wild animals in captivity. This is the denouement of a love story between two individuals (one of them weighing 10,000 pounds!) who share feelings of loyalty, sorrow, admiration and joy. One thing is certain: after watching this film, you will never look at an elephant in a zoo or a circus in the same way again.
Directed by Lisa Leeman, U.S.A., 2010, 84 mins.
Facets Film Dialogue
Producer Jordana Glick-Franzheim will be here in person for a Q&A after the 7 pm screenings on Thurs., Aug. 25 and Fri., Aug. 26 as well as after the 3 pm screening on Sat., Aug. 27.