Denis Côté

Denis Côté

Denis Côté (born November 16, 1973) is an independent filmmaker and producer living in Quebec, Canada. He studied film at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal and founded nihilproductions around 1994. In 2005, his first feature film, Les états nordiques (Drifting States), won the Golden Leopard – Video at the Locarno International Film Festival. The 2009 documentary Carcasses was presented at the Cannes Film Festival at the Directors’ Fortnight in May 2009.

His 2012 documentary Bestiaire, filmed at Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was also shown at the Berlin Film Festival.

His 2013 film Vic and Flo Saw a Bear premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize. For his 9th feature film Boris Without Béatrice (2016), Denis Côté teamed up actor James Hyndman to imagine the life of fictitious businessman Boris Malinovsky. The film premiered at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.

In 2015, Ministry of Culture and Communications (France) officially named Denis Côté a Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters. His latest film, Social Hygiene (2021) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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  • Bestiaire

    Directed by Denis Côté • Documentary • 2012 • 72 minutes

    Fascinating and beguiling, BESTIAIRE is Denis Côté's mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast. This strikingly beautiful film about looking-starts with a group of art students attempting to sketch an animal-that blu...

  • Boris Without Beatrice

    Directed by Denis Côté • Drama • With James Hyndman, Simone-Élise Girard, Denis Lavant • 2016 • 93 minutes

    The latest feature film by Québécois filmmaker Denis Côté (CARCASSES, CURLING, VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR), BORIS WITHOUT BEATRICE is a morality tale with fairy-tale inflections that focuses on B...

  • Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

    Directed by Denis Côté • Drama • With Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin • 2014 • 95 minutes

    A lonely bus stop, a trumpet-playing scout and a woman who refuses to pay him anything for his off-tune performance. This dryly humorous opening sets the tone for rest of the film...