a film by Denis Côté

FILM INFO

Year: 2012

Country: Canada

Runtime: 72 mins

Color

Language: No Dialogue

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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.

CREW

Directed: Denis Côté

Producer(s): Sylvain Corbeil

Photography: Vincent Biron

Sound: Frédéric Cloutier

Editing: Nicolas Roy

 

 

PRESS QUOTES

 

“Using the film form to challenge the very notion of representation, Bestiaire is an elegant, bewitching meditation on the nature of sentience and the boundaries between nature and civilization.”

Sundance Film Festival

 

“Haunting mix of curiosity and compassion...” —Variety

 

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

—The Hollywood Reporter

 

“Wordless, unlovely splendor...” —Slant

 

“Consider this the arthouse version of a Disney nature project. Bestiaire shuns the typical view of nature documentaries and manages something artful and new.”

—Film School Rejects

 

 

 

 

2012 Sundance Film Festival (New Frontier)

2012 Berlin International Film Festival (Forum)

2012 Toronto International Film Festival (Wavelengths)

 

Awards: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

                YALE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

2013  Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM

 

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