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Vic+Flo Saw a Bear
Vic+Flo ont vu un ours
dir. Denis Côté / Canada 2013 / 95’
subtitles: Polish and English


Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin, Marie Brassard, Georges Molnar, Olivier Aubin


Berlin IFF 2013 – Alfred Bauer Award

Film description

The most original film of this year’s festival in Berlin. In a story about a former prison inmate, who holes up with her partner in a house in the middle of nowhere, Denis Côté has found material for a characteristic tale about the elements that isolate one from society. For the Canadian director, the hypnotic atmosphere of the film matters more than the story. Frames composed with precision are sometimes torn apart by sudden emotions and an eccentric sense of humour is accompanied by existential anxiety. The title heroines love and suffer in turn to the accompaniment of hit electro pop and in free moments resolve complicated philosophical dilemmas. Who can answer with certainty the question that is repeated obsessively in this film: if you had a choice, would you prefer to be water or wind?

Prepared by: Piotr Czerkawski

Information about director

Denis Côté

Denis Côté was born in 1973 in New Brunswick, Canada. Côté completed his studies in Arts and Cinema at Montreal’s Ahuntsic College. Since then, he produced and directed numerous low budget short films that screened at many international film festivals. His first feature film, Drifting States, won the Golden Leopardo Award at the prestigious 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. There, he also won best director for his romantic, stylised gothic film All That She Wants – an existential story about life filled with problems, uncertain identity and the danger of lack of spirituality. Denis Côté’s Carcasses (2009) is an experimental blend of documentary fact and fictious improvisationpresented in Cannes. Both Carcasses and All that She Wants were screened at the 9th New Horizons IFF. In 2011, Denis Côté was part of the New Horizons jury. Then this very open and outgoing director presented his last feature film – Curling – a story about the relationship between a socially inept single father and his daughter, whom he preserves from ills of the world in hermit-like manner. Last year, the Documentaries/essays section of the 12th T-Mobile New Horizons IFF, included his latest film, Bestiaire, shot in a Zoo Parc Safari – the main attraction of Hemingford in Québec.

Selected filmography

2005 Les états nordiques / Drifting States

2008 Ona chce chaosu / Elle veut le chaos / All That She Wants

2009 Wraki / Carcasses (doc.)

2010 Curling

2012 Bestiarium / Bestiaire (doc.)

2013 Vic+Flo zobaczyły niedźwiedzia / Vic+Flo ont vu un ours / Vic+Flo Saw a Bear


Cast & Crew

director: Denis Côté
screenplay: Denis Côté
cinematography: Ian Lagarde
editing: Nicolas Roy
sound: Stéphane Bergeron, Frederic Cloutier
cast: Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin, Marie Brassard, Georges Molnar, Olivier Aubin
producer: Sylvain Corbeil, Stéphanie Morissette
production: La Maison de Prod, Metafilms, Super Écran
sales: Films Boutique
awards: Berlin IFF 2013 – Alfred Bauer Award
language: French
colouration: colour
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