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BESTIAIRE a film by Denis Côté

 

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2012

72 mins.

Canada

Color

No Dialogue

Not Rated

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.

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Conceived, produced & directed by: Denis Côté

Production: Sylvain Corbeil

Photography: Vincent Biron

Sound: Frédéric Cloutier

Editing: Nicolas Roy

“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

2012

October 19~25  -  Anthology Film Archives, NY

November 2~16 - Denver Film Society, CO

November 16~22 - Facet  Multimedia Chicago, IL                          

November 16~22 - Northwest Film Forum Seattle, WA

 

2013

January 3~9  - Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

January 31 -  UC San Diego - ArtPower, CA                        

February 1 - Wexner Center for The Arts Columbus, OH

February 21 -27  CineFamily  Los Angeles, CA

April 21 - Cleveland Museum Of Art, OH       

 

 

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