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The World and the Machine

Jean-François Côté / 2022 / 9 min. / Canada / SUBS ENGLISH

Synopsis

Winter. Roland, 91, walks in a field as wide as the eye can see, borders disappearing. He is alone in the white, grey, and brown-toned landscape. While walking, Roland thinks about the world he has known in the past, the one he lives in presently, and the one he imagines in the future. He has a discussion with himself about his life experiences in the 20th and 21st centuries. His thoughts wander and he ponders societal transformations, human relations, technologies and machines. Over the course of his walk, tension emerges. A change in perspective takes place. As a crow flies, he becomes prey. He is watched and monitored. It is then that he meets and confronts his fear.

Cast & Crew

  • Screenplay : Martin Bureau et Jean-François Côté
  • Cinematographer : Martin Bureau et Émile Bureau
  • Editor : Émile Bureau
  • Sound : Nady Larchet
  • Sound mix : Olivier Calvert
  • Sound editor : Olivier Calvert
  • Music : Patrick Watson
  • Artistic director : Ginelle Chagnon et Jean-François Côté
  • Cast : Roland Lepage et Claudiane Ruelland

Genre

Fiction

Topics

Culture and society, Science and technology

Biography

Jean-François Côté lives and works in Quebec City. This multidisciplinary artist integrates installation, visual and media arts, cinema, performance, while conceptually and poetically exploring ideas related to the image, sound, narrative and place. His work has been shown in museums and galleries in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Greece and China. He has received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture. https://www.jfcote.net/

Festivals

- 2022 -
Les Courts du Vendredi / Balades de courts, France

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