RÉPERTOIRE DES VILLES DISPARUES
(GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY)
a film by Denis Côté
JUNE 13 • 9 PM •97 MIN.
in French with English subtitles
NEPTUNE SCOTIABANK STAGE THEATRE
$12 • $10 ADVANCE • FREE FOR STUDENTS
A Q&A with Denis Côté will follow the screening.
Among the derelict homes and snow-swept plains of the fictional Irénée-les-Neiges, the dead return to haunt the living in this elliptical and genre-bending film from acclaimed writer and director Denis Côté. Wracked by the sudden death of 21-year-old Simon Dubé (Philippe Charette), the family and close-knit townspeople struggle to cope with their grief over the unexpected tragedy. Their desperate search for closure summons an ambiguous answer from the beyond as eerie spectres of the past begin to appear and wander the frozen soil. Captured on gritty 16mm, Ghost Town Anthology walks a fine line between the real and imaginary, prompting questions about the nature of mourning, the fate of post-industrial society, and the fear of the Other. A far cry from your typical “horror” movie, Côté’s adaptation of Laurence Olivier’s 2015 novel will entice you with its poetic imagery and raise the hair on the back of your neck in equal measure.
“…a strangely arresting Twilight Zone story… a pointedly modern portrait of a place that’s come unstuck in time.” - Indiewire
“Denis Côté chronicles the bizarre after-effects of a small-town tragedy, weaving supernatural elements into the tattered social fabric of a rural community.” - The Hollywood Reporter
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Denis Côté produced and directed 15 independent short films while working as a journalist and film critic from 1995 until 2005. His first feature film Les états nordiques (2005) was awarded the video Golden Leopard in Locarno International Film Festival. Since, Denis Côté’s award-winning work has been travelling extensively on the film festival circuit. Vic+Flo Saw A Bear won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Preis at Berlinale in 2013.