April 2013


by Denis Côté, opens April 25, 2013

Still from Bestiare

A drawing course, a safari park and a taxidermist’s workshop: three settings in which humans and animals meet. The focus of observation is on relationships of sight and perception, which often reflect unequal power structures at the same time. In the process, the film also seems to be considering the question of how animals can be filmed. It’s nothing like the technically high-powered animal films of today, whose almighty cameras transcend the boundaries of water, land and air and no longer know nature’s secrets. Sober visual observation without commentary, with an often static camera watching proceedings from a fixed position with a keen eye for form and movement: horns in front of a concrete wall, nervous zebras’ legs in the cramped stalls, the precision contained in the taxidermist’s skilful hand movements. Carefully considered shots which allow the viewer time to reflect on beauty and the unfamiliar, on this domesticated wilderness in the midst of civilisation. This all allows a form of choreography to emerge to the accompaniment of the surrounding noises, a cinematic bestiary in which man too takes his place among the stoic, impassive, impatient, wild and rebellious animals. (Forums catalogue, Anna Hoffmann)

Watch the trailer here

Denis Côté was born on November 16, 1973 in New Brunswick, Canada. He produced and directed around fifteen low-budget short films while working as a radio show host and as a film critic for Ici, a weekly cultural newspaper. He was vice-president of the Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (Quebec Film Critics Association), the AQCC, from 2001 to 2006. He made his first feature film Les états nordiques in 2005. This year his feature Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear) won the Alfred Bauer Prize in the Berlinale competition.

Films (selection): 2005: Les états nordiques /Drifting States. 2007: Nos vies privées /Our Private Lives. 2008: Elle veut le chaos /All that She Wants. 2009: Carcasses. 2010: Les lignes ennemies / The Enemy Lines (Jeonju Digital Project). Curling. 2012: Bestiaire. 2013: Vic+Flo ont vu un ours/Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

Country/Year: Canada, France 2012. Format: DCP. Running time : 72 min. Language: no dialogue. Director, screenwriter: Denis Côté. Director of photography: Vincent Biron. Sound: Frédéric Cloutier. Editor: Nicolas Roy. Producer: Sylvain Corbeil, Denis Côté.