Bestiaire

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    Bestiaire

    Directed by

    Canada, France

    2012

    72 min

    • No dialogue

    Documentary

    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.

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Denis Côté
    Cinematography
    Vincent Biron
    Editing
    Nicolas Roy
    Sales
    FIGA FILMS
    Production
    METAFILMS
    Production
    LE FRESNOY

    Press

    A mesmerizing free-association visual study of the interaction between humans and captive animals.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    ... haunting mix of curiosity and compassion

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    ... wordless, unlovely splendor

    Michał Oleszczyk, Slant Magazine

    It is a silent, loud film about the look and the looked-at, about placement and misplacement.

    Mara Klein, Nisimazine

    Denis Côté

    Denis Côté

    Canada

    I see the forest as a way to connect with the world sometimes, a link between civilization and the pure strangeness in the characters’ lives. That’s what Curling is all about: how to connect with the world.

    Born in New Brunswick in Canada in 1973, Denis Côté studied film at Ahuntsic College in Montréal. He began his career producing and directing over a dozen low budget shorts whilst also working as a radio presenter and film critic for the Montréal weekly newspaper Ici. In 2005 he directed his first feature LES ÉTATS NORDIQUES, that won the Golden Leopard at Locarno. BESTIAIRE screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2012. In 2013, VIC+FLO SAW A BEAR won a Silver Bear in Berlinale. JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING was selected for Berlinale Forum in 2014. In 2015, his short MAY WE SLEEP SOUNDLY screened at Toronto IFF, followed by EXCURSIONS which was selected at Le rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. His film A SKIN SO SOFT premiered in Locarno.

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