Joy of Man's desiring

Que ta joie demeure
Director: Denis Côté

Canada, 2014, documentary, 70 min., french with english and lithuanian subtitles, V

An open-ended exploration of the energies and rituals of various workplaces. From one worker to another and one machine to the next; hands, faces, breaks, toil: what kind of absurdist, abstract dialogue can be started between human beings and their need to work? What is the value of the time we spend multiplying and repeating the same motions that ultimately lead to a rest - a state of repose whose quality defies definition.

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. D. Côté‘s documentary “Bestiaryˮ (Bestiaire, 2012) and feature fiction “Vic and Flo Saw a Bear” was previously screened at the Kaunas International Film festival.

Section: Main programme

Screenplay: Denis Côté

Dir. of Photography: Jessica Lee Gagné

Cast: Guillaume Tremblay, Emilie Sigouin, Hamidou Savidogo, Ted Pluviose