DVD Release: Bestiaire

DVD Release Date: Feb. 19, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: KimStim/Zeitgeist


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The eyes have it in Denis Côté's Bestiaire.

The 2012 documentary film Bestiaire is a unique cinematic examination on humans’ fascination with animals

Directed by Denis Côté, Bestiaire offers a mesmerizing meditation on the relationships between animals and people as seen through multiple seasons at a Quebec safari park. A deceptively simple visual essay about the act of looking, the film lacks a traditional narrative as it blurs the line between observer and observed. Still, there is a sense of dramatic tension in each of the film’s carefully framed shots: a cage door under attack from a growling lion; the scurrying striped legs of zebras in a pen; the long stare of a bull, straight into camera.

Directed by Canadian filmmaker Denis Côté, the striking and contemplative Bestiaire, a  example ofpure cinema’ if ever there was one, was recently named one of the Best Films of 2012 by Time Out New York’s David Fear and The New York Times Dennis Lim.

The unrated Bestiaire, a French/Canadian co-production, received positive notices from critics during its limited run in U.S. theaters in October, 2012.

Included on the DVD as a bonus feature is an interview with director Côté.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.