SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
"Bestiaire prompts viewers to ponder what it really means to be human — or more accurately, humane — in our relationships with wild beasts."
- Josie Glausiusz, Nature, the weekly, international, interdisciplinary journal of science.
2012 – 72 min – Canada – Color – No Dialogue – Not Rated
HOW TO RENT THE FILM
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HOW TO PURCHASE THE DVD
For Small Screenings and Educational Use:
Perfect for classroom use and small screenings, Zeitgeist produces pre-packaged DVDs for small groups and educational usage. These DVDs come automatically with a Public Performance License to exhibit the film for a group of up to 50 people where no admission is charged.
Purchase also includes streaming rights for 3 years from date of invoice. Streaming rights can be renegotiated with Zeitgeist once lapsed. License is limited to
a single secure server with a password protected connection
- for online classroom or research purposes only. Zeitgeist retains the right to terminate this agreement at any time.
PURCHASE PRICE: $139 for Public Libraries, Public Schools and Non-Profit Institutions. $195 for Private Universities and Institutions. Plus $8 shipping and handling. Price includes public performance rights.
FAX the order form to 212-274-1644 or fax your own purchase order.
MAIL the order form with a check or money order to: Zeitgeist Films, attn: Non-Theatrical Sales, 247 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
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a film by Denis Côté
Fascinating and beguiling, Bestiaire is Denis Côté’s mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast. This strikingly beautiful film about looking —starts with a group of art students attempting to sketch an animal — that blurs the line between observer and observed. There may be no traditional narrative, yet there is breathtaking dramatic tension in every exquisitely framed shot: the sight of a lion attacking the doors of its cage or the scurrying striped legs of zebras in a holding pen. Contemplative and enthralling, Bestiaire is cinema at it’s purist.
What Critics are
"For the most part, it shows exactly what it shows, so that when even the simplest cinematic mediation insinuates itself, it feels a bit like poetry - or conceptual magic."
- Sam Stander, NPR
“He (Côté) forces you to look at the often unseen. It may not be pretty, but it is essential viewing.”
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Critics Pick! This lovely doc is essentially a meditation on animals and our fascination with them. "
- New York Magazine
"Bestiaire exposes the mechanics of a strange, multi-layered voyeurism: watching animals watch—or, more accurately, look past—those who gape at them."
- Melissa Anderson, Village Voice