"The Co(te)lette Film" is Mike Figgis' cinematographic adaptation of the dance performance by Ann Van den Broek.
Women and flesh, beauty and perishableness, raw and fragile. A delirious desire overwhelms the dancers. A desire for physical and mental satisfaction. The dancers go from appeal to sensuality, over lust, fleshness, fame, success, reflection and control, to silence. They are slaves of their own desires while trying to get in control of them. Female bodies in a frenzy.
In "The Co(te)lette Film", three female dancers are shown in a rather intimate atmosphere, in a chicken-and-egg situation between desire and satisfaction. There is no confrontation, nor rivalry. No story-telling, no solution and no ending. Co(te)lette's story is restless and... empty.
Shooting took place between May 4-11, 2010 at the Alfacam soundstage in Lint, Belgium.
Director: Mike Figgis
Concept and choreography: Ann Van den Broek
With: Cecilia Moisio, Judit Ruiz Onandi, Frauke Marien
Photography: Mike Figgis & Oliver Schofield
Editor: Arlen Figgis
Music composer: Arne Van Dongen
With the support of: NTR, the Dutch Media Fund, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
In association with: EXQI
October 19, 2010 (Belgium)
Film Festival of Ghent 2010, Cinedans 2010, Vision du Réel 2011, Dance Camera West 2011 (award: Best of Festival), New Horizons International Film Festival Poland 2011, Avanca 2011, Split Film Festival 2011, Vancouver Film Festival 2011, CYIFF Cyprus 2011 (award: Best Dance Film), Festival du film sur l'art de l'iselp 2011 (award: Prix du Film sur l'Art), Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht 2011, International Documentary Film Festival Czech Republic 2011, VideoDanzaBA Argentina 2011, Focus Arnhem 2011, Dancing in the Dark Sweden 2011, InShadow Portugal 2011, Ohio State University 2012, 24 uur van het Podium Antwerp 2012, Forum Images Utrecht 2012, Atlanta Film Festival 2012, San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2012 (award: Visionary Award), Verkadefabriek Hertogenbosch Nederland 2014