Denis Côté (Bestiarium, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, A Skin So Soft), a favorite of New Horizons audiences, once again takes viewers on a trip to small-town Canada. The action in Ghost Town Anthology, which premiered at this year’s Berlinale, takes place in the middle of a cold winter in the little town of Sainte-Irénée-les-Neiges in Quebec. The town’s sleepy atmosphere is disturbed by a car accident that claims the life of a teenage boy. It soon turns out that this is just the beginning of a series of strange events that take place on the border between the world of the living and the dead. Ghost Town Anthology is a genre hybrid typical of Côté, in which an intimate drama combines seamlessly with horror. However, the Canadian director’s film is more than just a brilliant game that plays on what the audience is used to seeing. In using the film’s atypical form to capture the audience’s attention, Côté induces us to reflect on the place of death in contemporary culture and various ways of dealing with someone’s passing.
Denis Côté is a Canadian director, born in 1973. He studied at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal. He worked for some time as a film critic on radio and for the magazine ici. After a series of short films, he directed his debut, Drifting States, for which he won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival. Many of his films have been screened at New Horizons, including his recent films Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Boris Without Béatrice. and A Skin So Soft.
2005 Les états nordiques / Drifting States
2008 Ona chce chaosu / Elle veut le chaos / All That She Wants
2009 Wraki / Carcasses (doc.)
2013 Vic+Flo zobaczyły niedźwiedzia / Vic+Flo ont vu un ours / Vic+Flo Saw a Bear
2016 Boris bez Béatrice / Boris Without Beatrice / Boris sans Béatrice
2017 Gładka skóra / Ta peau si lisse / A Skin So Soft (doc.)