Review: A Skin so Soft (Ta peau si lisse, 2017, Denis Côté)

 

This year the renowned Canadian director of experimental, documentary and fiction films Denis Côté comes with his new release A Skin So Soft, combining all these three types of film, although most of all, it can be labelled a documentary. The filmmaker follows a group of bodybuilders throughout their everyday lives, but focuses mainly on various activities related to weight training and working out, their mutual hobbies.

 

The viewer is gradually introduced to the film’s six protagonists at breakfast and goes on to follow their daily training routine, photoshoot posing as well as meetings with their families and children or at competitions. Despite the hobby they have in common, each character is different and in a different stage of their life. One is single, another has a girlfriend whereas the third one is a husband and father. Thanks to Côté’s regular cuts among “his boys”, the film is dynamic and enables the viewer to observe its characters doing the same activities and thus draw comparisons.

 

Although the camera close-ups of the perfect body proportions may at times appear almost fetishistic, it always remains tasteful. He highlights but doesn’t misuse the cult of the body, which is, given the subject, only the logical authorial intent. As the men do not look directly in the camera, it seems it is not even present in their living environment, which makes the director’s work all the more authentic.

 

The film breathes harmony between the creator and his characters, who are playing themselves, and a good mood undoubtedly present during the shooting. Yes, even bodybuilders are just ordinary people with lives barely differing from those of ordinary mortals. Many viewers will surely be somewhat envious of their purposefulness, perfectionism or strict adherence to a healthy lifestyle, although at one point we do glimpse a cigarette in one of the bodybuilders’ mouth. Perhaps such little human sins will only add to the characters’ likeability.

 

The film will be screened at 3:30 p.m. in Kino Lumière’s K2 hall, followed by a masterclass with its director Denis Côté.

 

Erik Binder

Made In CZ/SK is one of Bratislava IFF loadbearing sections. In connection with the recent one-hundredth anniversary of the formation of the First Czechoslovak Republic, the section reflects a continuous and successful filmmaking cooperation of the two neighbouring countries. This year’s selection will present several recent films, some of which also originated in Czech-Slovak co-production.

The 20th edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival will open its doors in less than one month. The days between 29 November and 2 December 2018 will offer a generous selection of quality titles made by the best of young contemporary cinema. The Bratislava city cinemas Lumière and Mladosť will welcome the audience with a pleasant atmosphere and bring innovative perspectives on the world and being in it.

Another section of the Bratislava IFF programme will comprise three films nominated for the LUX Prize 2018, which has been awarded by the European Parliament since 2007. Its goal is to popularize original European film production and incite the EU citizens to discuss European values and identity. After last year’s success the festival will present LUX Prize films not only in Bratislava, but in three cinemas outside of the capital as well; Kino Mier in Modra, Kino Záhoran in Malacky and Artkino Metro in Trenčín. 

 

On Tuesday 14th November in kino Lumière were announced the winners of 19th Bratislava IFF. Festival continues in kino Mladost, MIER in Modra, Mier in Senec and Zahoran in Malacky. 

Interview

 

The White World According to Daliborek (2017) and its main protagonist – a “gentle neo-Nazi” have prompted a controversial reaction in the Czech Republic. Klusák came across Dalibor on the Internet.

 

We’re slowly nearing the end of the festival and Kinečko has some recommendations for today’s screenings. This time we’re leaving Bratislava and expanding to the nearby cities.

Even today we’re here to recommend where to go and what to see.

(Interview)

Zuzana Golianová asked Jean-Marc Barr 10 questions.

The core of Kinečko film magazine is here again to recommend a couple of films you can’t miss.

Even today, the core of Kinečko film magazine has joined forces to bring you a couple of hot tips and recommendations.

 

Due to technical problems during the previous screening of the film HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF (dir.Soleen Yusef), we added a special screening on Sunday, November 12 at 1pm in Kine Lumière K4.