A take on the human perspective of animals, the picture follows art students
who watchfully observe an animal model, a meticulous work of a taxidermist
but especially animals themselves in a Québec safari park. It offers pure
observation as it even avoids any language at all. The shots are long and the
composition is usually untraditional; they are like tableaux without context,
forcing the viewer to think about what remains unseen.
A film essay in the best sense of the word, Bestiaire is subjective yet open to
countless interpretations. It may criticise people’s habit to keep animals in
unnatural habitats just as it may celebrate their fascination with animals. It
is very much about the viewers taking their own point of view.

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  • Director:
    Denis Côté
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Vincent Biron
  • Editor:
    Nicolas Roy
  • Production:
    Metafilms, Le Fresnoy
  • Sales:
    Denis Côté / Metafilms
  • Festivals:
    Sundance 2012, Berlinale 2012, Toronto 2012, Cinéma du Réel 2012, Nowe horyzonty 2012, CPH:DOX 2012


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About the Director:

Denis Côté

Denis Côté (1973, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada) has made ten feature-length films, both fiction and documentary, since his debut in 2005. He is a darling particularly at the IFF in Locarno, which has screened five of his films and two of them – All That She Wants (2008) and Curling (2010) – were decorated for best directing. Four of his other films have been presented at Berlinale, including Vic and Flo Saw a Bear, which won the Alfred Bauer Award in 2013 for a “feature film that opens new perspectives on cinematic art”. His latest film so far, A Skin So Soft, premiered this year at Locarno.