Mysterious Nature

14.02.2016 - Denis Côté, moderated by Christoph Gröner

Exploding onto the scene a decade ago with his Locarno-winning film Drifting States, director Denis Côté has returned almost yearly with his genre-bending films to the A-list festival circuit to wow and unsettle audiences, critics and juries alike. Often following loners, outsiders and misfits through provincial and wild landscapes, Côté’s enigmatic films plumb the depths of human relationships and lay bare the secrets that cause relations to change. Back this year with Boris without Béatrice in Competition, Côté discusses the creative development of this moral fairytale which lends itself to multiple interpretations, how he connects with his mysterious characters and why a question is sometimes the better answer in the dialogue with an audience.

Experts of this programme event:

Denis Côté

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Canadian writer, producer and director of many award-winning films like BESTIAIRE, CURLING, which won the Best Director Award at Locarno in 2010, and VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR, which won the Alfred Bauer Award at the 2013 Berlinale. His latest film BORIS WITHOUT BÉATRICE premieres in this year's Berlinale Competition.

Moderated by

Christoph Gröner

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German film journalist and festival programmer. As a journalist he worked for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, and trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film and received the Film Journalism Award FFF Bayern in 2006. Since 2008 he is programmer with the Filmfest Munich, where he handles the New German Cinema section since 2011. He is working as a consultant on German speaking territories for the Zurich Film Festival and The Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn.