Director: Denis Côté

Canada, France, Documentary, 2012, 72 min, without text, V

Animals and people. Along the rhythm of the changing seasons they watch one another. “Bestiary” unfolds like a filmic picture book about mutual observation, about peculiar perception. A contemplation of a stable imbalance, and of loose, quiet and indefinable elements. Stunning cinematography and supremely manipulative sound design turn this film into a multi-layered philosophical visual experience.


2012 – Special Jury Prize at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (New Haven, USA).

About the director:

Filmmaker and producer Denis Côté was born in 1973 in New Brunswick, Canada. He completed his studies in Arts and Cinema at Montreal's Ahuntsic College in 1992. Since then, he produced and directed around 15 low budget short films, screened in many international film festivals. Denis Côté worked as a radio show host and, from 1999 to 2005, he was film critic for a cultural magazine. He was also vice-president of the Quebec's Film Critics‘ Association from 2001 to 2006. His first feature film „Drifting States“ (Les états nordiques, 2005) won the Golden Leopard Award at the prestigious Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland), and „All That She Wants“ (Elle veut le chaos, 2008) and „Curling“ (2010) won Silver Leopard awards for Best Direction at Locarno in 2008 and 2010. 

Section: Wide Angle, Wide Angle

Screenplay: Denis Côté

Dir. of Photography: Vincent Biron