Canada 2017, 93 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles
They look like they walked straight out of a fairytale: a group of giants traveling together through the woods, their skin smooth and glowing, their muscles massive. They are strongmen preparing for a bodybuilding contest, but Denis Côté’s camera captures them from a completely different angle.
There are no cliché gym scenes in this film. Using a mix of reconstructed personal stories and a curious outsider’s perspective, the director reveals his subjects as complex and multifaceted characters. When they move trucks or lift tires, and even when they subject themselves to rigorous body-care regimens, their ripped physiques look almost inhuman. But as we get deeper into the film, this superficial impression fades into the background, and in its place we find tenderness and even a surprising sentimentality.
Previous Festivals:TIFF, Locarno, IDFA
Production: Jeanne-marie Poulain, Joëlle Bertossa, Dounia Sichov, Denis Côté
Production Company: 93386233/art & Essai
Editing: Nicolas Roy
Cinematography: François Messier Rheault
Soundtrack: Fernand-philippe Morin-vargas, Frédéric Cloutier, Clovis Gouaillier
Denis Côté produced and directed 15 independent short films while working as a journalist and film critic from 1995-2005. His first feature film Les états nordiques (2005) was awarded the Golden Leopard in Locarno International Film Festival. His award-winning work has been travelling extensively on the film festival circuit.