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Joy of Man’s Desiring

Denis Côté
Que ta joie demeure
Canada 2014 / 70’

A feature-documentary hybrid, a film essay on the relationship between individuals and the work they do. Raw recordings and authentic conversations are combined with arranged, theatrical scenes with actors. In a world in which a job is becoming the most desired value, Denis Côté, returning to the poetics of Carcasses and Bestiarium, contemplates the fascinating monotony of "working rituals." Aware of the frame and geometry, the composition of the images in the film creates an esthetic detachment from the world being presented. Pictures of factories, workshops, production lines, and working machines gravitate toward abstraction and become more and more mysterious and incomprehensible. Human beings have their own place in this composition, and it is certainly not a privileged one. People adapt to their environment rather than create it, although the film does not make any claims about dehumanization, alienation, or exploitation of human potential. The film also does not have a clear answer to the question of whether we are slaves to our work or whether it is through our work that we build our sense of dignity. Côté experiments with the most burning question of the modern era.

Agnieszka Szeffel

Denis Côté

Born in 1973 in New Brunswic, Canada. Côté studied directing in Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal. He began his career with short films, screened at many international festivals. His first full-length feature, Les états nordiques, received an award at the festival in Locarno in 2005. His third film, All That She Wants, won him the best director price at the same festival in 2008. Côté’s 2009 documentary Carcasses screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Carcasses, All That She Wants, Curling and Bestiaire screened at previous editions of New Horizons.

Selected filmography

2007 Nos vies privées / Our Private Lives

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

2009 Wraki / Carcasses (doc.)

2010 Curling

2012 Bestiarium / Bestiaire (doc.)

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Cast & Crew

director Denis Côté
screenplay Denis Côté
cinematography Jessica Lee Gagné
editing Nicolas Roy
cast Olivier Aubin, Ted Pluviose, Hamidou Savadogo, Emilie Sigouin, Guillaume Tremblay
producer Sylvain Corbeil, Denis Côté, Nancy Grant
production Metafilms
sales Films Boutique
language French
colouration colour