dir. Denis Côté, Canada, 2012, DCP, 72 min.
Fascinating and beguiling, Bestiare is Denis Côté’s mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast. This strikingly beautiful film about looking, which begins with a group of art students attempting to sketch an animal, blurs the line between observer and observed. There may be no traditional narrative, yet there is breathtaking dramatic tension in every exquisitely framed shot: the sight of a lion attacking the doors of its cage or the scurrying striped legs of zebras in a holding pen. Contemplative and enthralling, Bestiare is cinema at its purest.
“Using the film form to challenge the very notion of representation, Bestiaire is an elegant, bewitching meditation on the nature of sentience and the boundaries between nature and civilization.” —Sundance Film Festival