Denis Cote to compete at Berlin film festival

The Canadian filmmaker returns to the festival for the world premiere of Ghost Town Anthology.

DenisCote-1Denis Côté’s Répertoire des villes disparues (“Ghost Town Anthology”) will make its world premiere in competition at the 69th annual Berlin International Film Festival.

The project was added to the festival’s competition program where it will compete for the Golden Bear award alongside projects including François Ozon’s By the Grace of God (France), Marie Kreutzer’s The Ground Beneath My Feet (Austria) and Fatih Akin’s The Golden Glove (Germany/France). 

Répertoire des villes disparues is written and directed by Côté and produced by Couzin Films’ Ziad Touma. It joins Lone Scherfig’s Denmark/Canada copro The Kindness of Strangers, which serves as the festival’s opening film.

Côté has a history with the Berlin festival. He won the Alfred Baur Silver Bear award in 2013 for his film Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, while his film Boris sans Béatrice was nominated for a Golden Bear award in 2016.

Cote is a regular of the European festival circuit, with his film Ta peau si lisse (A Skin So Soft) screening at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland last year,

Ghost Town Anthology was one of 10 Quebec-based feature films funded by Telefilm earlier this year. It follows a family in Irénée-les-Neiges who have suffered a terrible tragedy, and as time begins to lose meaning, a number of strangers begin to appear.