Un été comme ça by Denis Côté in competition at this year’s Berlinale

Un été comme ça, written and directed by Denis Côté, has been selected in official competition and will have its world premiere at the 72nd edition of the Berlin Film Festival, which will take place in Germany from February 10 to 20. For his fourteenth feature, Denis Côté reunites with Larissa Corriveau (Répertoire des villes disparues) which he directs alongside Laure Giappiconi (La Douleur), Anne Ratte Polle (Undine), Samir Guesmi (Ibrahim), and Aude Mathieu. This is the fourth time the director has appeared in competition at the Berlinale.

Invited to a nursing home to explore their sexual discomforts, three young women spend their days and nights taming intimate demons. Under the quiet supervision of a German therapist and a benevolent social worker, the group tries to maintain a fragile balance. For the young Geisha, the gloomy Léonie and the unpredictable Eugénie, for 26 days it is a question of avoiding the cries, of taming the whispers of the present time and of considering the future.

In Un été comme ça, Denis Côté explores sexuality through female characters. The filmmaker portrays three women, reunited for 26 days in a nursing home, discussing their intimacy in the company of a caring therapist and social worker. Those who watch the film are thus witnesses to these exchanges and accompany the healing process of the three young women portrayed by Larissa Corriveau, Laure Giappiconi and Aude Mathieu.

In 2005, Denis Côté made his first feature film, Les Etats nordiques, which won the Léopard d’Or at Locarno, a festival where he was also rewarded in 2010 as director of the film Curling. With Carcasses, presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs de Cannes in 2009, Vic+Flo won a Silver Bear and Hygiène sociale, respectively rewarded at the Berlinale in 2013 (Silver Bear) and 2021 (Prize for Best Director in the Encounters section ), Denis Côté has established himself as an essential filmmaker.

Un été comme ça will be released in theaters in the coming months.

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