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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #179. Denis Côté’s Que ta joie demeure

Que ta joie demeure

Director: Denis Côté
Writer(s): Denis Côté
Producers: Metafilms’ Sylvain Corbeil and Nancy Grant
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Guillaume Tremblay, Emilie Siguoin, Hamidou Savadogo, Ted Pluviose, Olivier Aubin, Cassandre Emanuel

One of the more unique film personalities on the international film fest circuit, for his 8th feature, Quebecois filmmaker continues to revel in challenging the form. Coming off what we personally consider to be his career best with 2013’s Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (hits NYC for a one week run this week) with Que ta joie demeure, Denis Côté continues to challenge the narrative – blending fiction with docu form and here visits those who get their hands dirty in a sort of blue collar, ethnographic study of different hoods and job titles.

Gist: This is an open-ended exploration of the energies and rituals of various workplaces. From one worker to another and one machine to the next; hands, faces, breaks, toil: what kind of absurdist, abstract dialogue can be started between human beings and their need to work? What is the value of the time we spend multiplying and repeating the same motions that ultimately lead to a rest – a state of repose whose quality defies definition?

Release Date: For a third year in a row, Cote will premiere his latest at the Berlin Film Fest. Look for subsequent film fest showings, and an eventual small theatrical release in the U.S.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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