Denis Côté

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Jury – Main Competition

The Canadian director, screenwriter and producer founded a production company just after graduating from a film academy in Montréal, allowing him to fully focus on his passion for the seventh art. He has made numerous experimental and short films and Seconde Valse earned him a Best Editing Award at the Atlantic Film Festival. His feature debut came with drama Drifting States, which earned him a Golden Leopard for video at Locarno IFF. He has been successful at this festival two more times – with All That She Wants and Curling, which succeeded at many other international festivals as well. His following two feature films, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear and Boris Without Béatrice, were nominated for several awards at Berlinale and won awards at many festivals worldwide. His latest live-action film, Ghost Town Anthology, has been just as successful. Most of his films are characterized by the distinctive style of an avant-garde filmmaker with a very strong sense for reality. His characters inhabit a tumultuous inner world that may crumble at any moment under the weight of complicated relationships and situations. Denis Côté's filmography features documentaries as well – Bestiaire, Joy of Man's Desiring, and A Skin So Soft. His documentaries have the same distinctive style as his live-action films. Côté observes his protagonists and objects through the camera lens, and the motionlessness and raw stylization create a strong inner tension. Apart from producing and directing films, he has established himself as a film critic and regularly contributes to Montréal newspapers and radios. Since the start of his career, Denis Côté has been a regular guest at international film festivals and his work is praised by critics worldwide. He is an original and unique creator of minimalist and poetic films. His distinctive film language has earned him international recognition and contributed to his reputation of one of the best Canadian directors of today.

Photo: Gerhard Kassner

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