Near a major highway, in a nameless country, the rebellious Coralie tries to understand the recent departure of her mentally unstable mother. Jacob, old and passive, attempts to present himself as a father figure. The return of Pierrot, an ex-con, to the neighbourhood, and the frightening presence of the bandits next door, do nothing to help Coralie free herself from the violence and secrets of her past. —FunFilm Distribution
Denis Côté (November 16, 1973 in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick in Canada) is a filmmaker and producer in Quebec, home Brayonne. Independent filmmaker, he is often considered one of the leaders of the new Quebec cinema, terms for his part he denies.
Cinephile, he studied cinema at Ahuntsic College in Montreal and founded nihilproductions (not to be confused with Aes-Nihil Productions) around 1994. Very active, he turns fifteen short films, including Kosovolove (2000) and La sphatte (2003). Meanwhile, he is a journalist in radio theater, cinema desk editor for the weekly Montreal cultural ICI from 1999 to 2005 and vice president of the Quebec Association of Film Critics (AQCC).
In 2005, his first feature, Drifting States, won the Golden Leopard (video) at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Grand Prix Indie Vision International Festival Jeonju, Korea. In November 2007, the film is one of ten selected by the Cahiers du Cinema in programming A Weekend of unpublished… read more
Richly deserving of its best director award at Locarno in 2008. Denis Cote has become one of Canada's finest directors evidenced well by this picture and the recent "Curling". Cote is a master of mood, pacing and apprehension. Great script that doesn't feel it has to explain things away and credits the viewer with some intelligence. Wonderful b&w cinematography by Josee Deshaies. Well worth seeking out.