Denis Cote heads to Locarno

The auteur director hopes to repeat past successes with his latest feature, Ta peau si lisse, one of four Canadian flicks at the fest.

deniscote-1Four Canadian films have been selected for the 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, including the latest from Denis Côté.

Côté’s Ta peau si lisse (A Skin So Soft) will screen in the juried Concorso Internazionale section, which celebrates the best in auteuer cinema. The Canada/Switzerland/France doc, which incorporates fictional elements, follows the lives of six body builders. The film is produced by  Jeanne-Marie Poulain and Côté, Joëlle Bertossa from Geneva-based Close Up Films and Dounia Sichov of Paris, France-based The Addiction.

Côté has a long and successful history at the Swiss festival. He’s twice won the Silver Leopard award for best director, once in 2010 for Curling, and again 2008 for All That She Wants, which also picked up the youth jury award special mention that year. And in 2005, Côté’s debut feature Drifting States won the Golden Leopard for best film of the fest.

Also heading to Switzerland this year is the NFB copro La femme Cannon (The Cannonball woman).  The Switzerland/France/Canada animated film will compete for the Pardi di domani award for best short and medium-length Swiss film. Directed by Swiss filmmaker Albertine Zullo and France’s David Toutevoix, the film is produced by Switzerland’s Helium Films, Lyon, France-based Parmi les lucioles Films, and the NFB, in coproduction with RTS Radio Television Suisse.

Lastly, Blake Williams’ Prototype, a Canada/U.S. production will debut in the Fuori concorso selection, which screens films by well-established filmmakers out of competition, as will Kazik Radwanski’s short Scaffold.