Denis Côté

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Not to be confused with the Denis Côté who is an author born in 1954.

Denis Côté (born November 16, 1973 in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada) is an independent filmmaker and producer living in Quebec, of Brayon origin. His experimental films have been shown at major film festivals around the world.

He studied film at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal and founded nihilproductions around 1994. He made a number of short films, including Kosovolove (2000) and La sphatte (2003). He has also been a film critic on radio, at ici magazine from 1999 to 2005, and vice-president of the Quebec association of film critics (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma, or AQCC).

In 2005, his first feature film, Les états nordiques (Drifting States), won the Golden Leopard - Video at the Locarno International Film Festival (in a tie with The Masseur), as well as the Woosuk Award (Indie Vision) at the Jeonju International Film Festival.

His 2007 film Nos vies privées (Our Private Lives) was filmed in Bulgarian. The 2008 film Elle veut le chaos (All That She Wants), his third feature film, won the silver Leopard for best directing at the Locarno International Film Festival and Best Canadian film at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. Jean-Michel Frodon, editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma at the time, made it one of his top 10 picks for best film of 2008.

In October 2008, there was a retrospective of his work at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

The 2009 documentary Carcasses was presented at the Cannes Film Festival at the Directors' Fortnight in May 2009. It was part of the Canada Top Ten at the Toronto International Film Festival.

At the end of May 2010 at the Festival TransAmériques, he created a video accompaniment for the play Cendres directed by Jérémie Niel (based on Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi).

The 2010 "short" film (43 minutes) Les Lignes ennemies (The Enemy Lines) was part of the Jeonju Digital Project at the Jeonju International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere.[1]

In August 2010, his feature film Curling was presented at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it won the prize for best directing as well as the prize for best actor (Emmanuel Bilodeau). It was released in France in October 2011, to positive critical reviews.

At the end of October and beginning of November 2010, the Viennale presented a retrospective of his work, as did the Festival de La Rochelle in 2011.[2]

His 2012 documentary Bestiaire, filmed at Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was also shown at the Berlin Film Festival.

Côté also produced the film Le Cèdre penché by Rafaël Ouellet in 2007. His 2013 film Vic and Flo Saw a Bear premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival,[3] where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize.[4]

Vic and Flo Saw A Bear was screened in about 90 film festivals, was released in a dozen countries and to this day, Denis Côté's work has been offered more than 20 retrospectives around the world. In 2014, he returned to Berlinale with a new essay film Que ta joie demeure.


Filmography[edit]

Short films (selective)[edit]

  • 1997 - Des tortues dans la pluie
  • 1999 - Old Fashion Waltz
  • 2000 - Seconde valse
  • 2000 - Kosovolove
  • 2001 - Rejoue-moi ce vieux mélodrame
  • 2002 - Mécanique de l’assassin
  • 2003 - La sphatte
  • 2005 - Les jouets
  • 2005 - Tennessee
  • 2007 - Maïté
  • 2015 - Excursoes


Accolades[edit]

  • 2001 - Seconde valse: Best editing at the Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, Canada)
  • 2004 - La sphatte: Bronze prize at Brno B16 (Czech Republic)
  • 2005 - Les états nordiques: Golden Leopard - Video at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)[5]
  • 2006 - Les états nordiques: Indie Vision grand prize at Jeonju (Korea)
  • 2008 - Elle veut le chaos: Best directing at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)[6]
  • 2008 - Elle veut le chaos: Special mention from the youth jury at Locarno (Switzerland)
  • 2008 - Elle veut le chaos: Best Canadian film at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton, Canada)
  • 2010 - Curling: Best directing at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)[7]
  • 2010 - Curling: Leopard for best actor (Emmanuel Bilodeau) at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)[7]
  • 2012 - Bestiaire Best experimental Feature Greenpoint Film Festival (US)
  • 2013 - Vic and Flo Saw A Bear Alfred Bauer Preis (Innovation Prize) 63rd Berlinale (Germany)
  • 2013 - Vic and Flo Saw A Bear Best Script FIFF Namur (Belgium)
  • 2014 - Vic and Flo Saw A Bear Jutra Award for Best Actress - Pierrette Robitaille (Quebec)
  • 2014 - Joy of Man's Desiring Jury Special Mention FICUNAM Mexico


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