Films

A Skin So Soft

A Skin So Soft, "Ta peau si lisse"

Synopsis

Director

Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are modern-day gladiators. The group includes high-level bodybuilders, a strongman and an ex-champion-turned-trainer. As they prepare for future competitions, they follow extreme diets and slave away at the gym. Each man pursues his own personal goals, but all share the same obsession: overcoming the limits of their bodies. A Skin So Soft is an open exploration of the regimented daily lives of these misunderstood monsters.

"Shot in formally precise compositions that evoke both the intimate and the uncanny, the film approaches the strongmen with a genuine sense of curiosity and compassion, and reveals the complexities of balancing their workout rituals — and the careful meting out of food and vitamin supplements and practicing their elaborate poses (whether for a camera, a girlfriend or a mother!) — with their personal lives, which, in some cases, are adversely affected by the constant pressures of their physical and mental upkeep. As the proportions of the men's bodies are "observed, evaluated, and analyzed" (to quote from a life-drawing teacher's instructions), Côté crafts a droll and tender portrait of these modern-day gladiators, whose personalities and sensibilities are fascinatingly distinct, driven as they are by a mutual idea of physical perfection." - Andréa Picard, Toronto Film Festival

 

Denis COTÉ

(b. 1973, New Brunswick, Canada) is one of the most original Québécois filmmakers, seeking to break down and eliminate the borders between experiment, cinéma vérité, documentary, and drama. He came to moviemaking through his work as a film critic and creator of a myriad experimental shorts. His artistic career began with the feature-length picture „Drifting States“ (2005), awarded the Golden Leopard in the video competition at the Locarno IFF. All the following Côté’s films are always well-received at international film festivals. „A Skin So Soft“ is director’s tenth full-length film.

Filmography

  • Les états nordiques (Drifting States, 2005)
  • Nos vies privées (Our Private LIes, 2007)
  • Elle veut le chaos (All That She Wants, 2008)
  • Carcasses (2009)
  • Curling (2010)
  • Bestiaire (2012)
  • Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic ja Flo nägid karu, PÖFF 2013)
  • Que ta joie demeure (Joy of Man’s Desiring, 2014)
  • Boris sans Béatrice (Boris without Béatrice, 2016)
  • Ta peau si glisse (A Skin So Soft, 2017)

Schedule

26.11.2017
21:45 - 23:18
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Screening code: 101803
Sold out
27.11.2017
20:30 - 22:23
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Screening code: 110702
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Denis Coté
Introductory remarks by H.E. Mr. Alain Hausser, Ambassador of Canada
28.11.2017
18:15 - 20:08
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Screening code: 121101
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Denis Coté
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Estonian Olympic Committee Presents
Forum

Film info

Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 minutes
Language: French
Director: Denis COTÉ
Producers: Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Denis Côté, Joëlle Bertossa, Dounia Sichov
Writer: Denis Côté
DOP: François Messier-Rheault
Montage: Nicolas Roy
Cast: Jean-François Bouchard, Cédric Doyon, Benoit Lapierre, Alexis Légaré, Maxim Lemire, Ronald Yang
Production: Art & Essai
Festivals: Locarno, Melbourne, Toronto, Hamburg, London

Synopsis

Director

Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are modern-day gladiators. The group includes high-level bodybuilders, a strongman and an ex-champion-turned-trainer. As they prepare for future competitions, they follow extreme diets and slave away at the gym. Each man pursues his own personal goals, but all share the same obsession: overcoming the limits of their bodies. A Skin So Soft is an open exploration of the regimented daily lives of these misunderstood monsters.

"Shot in formally precise compositions that evoke both the intimate and the uncanny, the film approaches the strongmen with a genuine sense of curiosity and compassion, and reveals the complexities of balancing their workout rituals — and the careful meting out of food and vitamin supplements and practicing their elaborate poses (whether for a camera, a girlfriend or a mother!) — with their personal lives, which, in some cases, are adversely affected by the constant pressures of their physical and mental upkeep. As the proportions of the men's bodies are "observed, evaluated, and analyzed" (to quote from a life-drawing teacher's instructions), Côté crafts a droll and tender portrait of these modern-day gladiators, whose personalities and sensibilities are fascinatingly distinct, driven as they are by a mutual idea of physical perfection." - Andréa Picard, Toronto Film Festival

 

Denis COTÉ

(b. 1973, New Brunswick, Canada) is one of the most original Québécois filmmakers, seeking to break down and eliminate the borders between experiment, cinéma vérité, documentary, and drama. He came to moviemaking through his work as a film critic and creator of a myriad experimental shorts. His artistic career began with the feature-length picture „Drifting States“ (2005), awarded the Golden Leopard in the video competition at the Locarno IFF. All the following Côté’s films are always well-received at international film festivals. „A Skin So Soft“ is director’s tenth full-length film.

Filmography

  • Les états nordiques (Drifting States, 2005)
  • Nos vies privées (Our Private LIes, 2007)
  • Elle veut le chaos (All That She Wants, 2008)
  • Carcasses (2009)
  • Curling (2010)
  • Bestiaire (2012)
  • Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic ja Flo nägid karu, PÖFF 2013)
  • Que ta joie demeure (Joy of Man’s Desiring, 2014)
  • Boris sans Béatrice (Boris without Béatrice, 2016)
  • Ta peau si glisse (A Skin So Soft, 2017)
Scholarship of 5000 EUR from Jameson.