“Bestiary” is a film essay that offers a contemplative gaze at the backstage of a zoo, proposing a quiet reflection on the relationship between humans and animals and the urge to dominate and seize control of the other. Through a refined approach, the film’s rigorous framing and minimalist sound design heighten the awareness of the confinement forced upon those who seem to be observing us as much as we are observing them. In the end, on which side of the fence are the eponymous beasts? (RIDM)
A former renowned film critic in the Québec ecosystem, Denis Côté's rich filmography alternates between fiction and experimental documentary. A prolific filmmaker, he directed several short films before releasing, in 2005, his first feature film, "Les états nordiques", met with great enthusiasm in the Locarno Film Festival. By the time he directed "Bestiaire", his sixth feature film, the director had already become a household name in highly prestigious international festivals.
Berlinale – Berlin IFF 2012
Sundance Film Festival
Cinéma du Réel
Jeonju International Film Festival