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Denis Côté

  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: French
  • Producer: Stéphanie Morissette
  • Screenplay: Denis Côté
  • Runtime: 96

Set in a village in Quebec, Denis Côté’s Curling follows inveterate loner Jean-François, a single father, and his isolated 12-year-old daughter Julyvonne. Between his unremarkable jobs, Jean-François devotes an awkward energy to Julyvonne until some unexpected events jeopardize the fragile balance of their relationship.

screening times

    • Thursday January 20
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    • 09:00 PM
    • Friday January 21
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    • 03:15 PM

official description

The fascinating fifth feature by Québécois auteur Denis Côté, Curling is a portrait of Jean-François (Emmanuel Bilodeau), a single father who works nights at a deserted bowling alley and days in a rundown motel, and his daughter, Julyvonne (Philomène Bilodeau, Emmanuel’s real-life daughter), who he isolates from the community in fear that contact with the outside world will scar her. Sensitive, expressive images are crafted to perfection by cinematographer Josée Deshaies while Côté masterfully distorts our perception of time, letting it linger in beguiling stillness as winter slowly seeps away. Côté unfolds his minimalist narrative from the inside out, resulting in an impressively austere film that establishes an immediate emotional connection.

- Martin Bilodeau

Festival du Nouveau Cinema * Silver Leopard Award for Best Direction, Leopard Award for Best Actor, Locarno Film Festival * Toronto International Film Festival * Vancouver International Film Festival *

Panel Statement
Denis Côté’s Curling is a compassionate look into the isolated existence of a father and daughter. Côté skillfully and enigmatically creates intimate inner lives for a man consumed by fear and his daughter, who is a product of that fear. A complete world with rich supporting characters, low-key humor, and the most memorable, kinetic opening shot of the year, Curling leaves us with a sense of wonder and exhilaration.

- Kimberley Yutani

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