Over the last decade, Canadian director Denis Côté has become a bit of an insider’s tip on the arthouse circuit.
This month’s retrospective at Arsenal is an extremely rare chance to see his filmography – virtually unavailable in Europe – in its entirety, starting with Berlinale highlight and Alfred Bauer Prize winner Vic + Flo Saw A Bear (Apr 12, 20:00).
Côté’s signature theme of individuals’ difficulty integrating in society is given differing treatments in the fictional Curling (Apr 13, 19:00), where a father’s attempt at sheltering his daughter becomes strained as she enters adolescence, and the semi-documentary Carcasses (Apr 16, 19:00), in which the protagonist’s contented isolated lifestyle operating an auto junkyard is disrupted by a group of shotgun-wielding teenagers with Down’s Syndrome.
Côté will be present at each of the listed screenings; all films shown in the original French with English subtitles.
No Comfort Zone – Die Filme von Denis Côté, Apr 12-23 | Arsenal, http://www.arsenal-berlin.de