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The Co(te)lette Film
The Co(te)lette Film is the film version of the dance production Co(te)lette. British director Mike Figgis was on board to direct this uncompromising film based on a concept and choreography by Ann Van den Broek. The film was selected for the segment ‘Belgian Cinema Today’ of the International Film Festival in Ghent.

In The Co(te)lette Film three women dance in a rather intimate atmosphere, caught between desire and fulfillment. No confrontation, rivalry, story, solution or ending; the storyline in The Co(te)lette Film is restless and empty.

“Devastated! Quite devastated! That is how you feel after watching Mike Figgis’s film version of Ann Van den Broek’s intense, controversial and award-winning choreography Co(te)lette. Afterward the discussion can flare up, as it does after every dance film, about the filmmaker’s contribution to this unique art form. One that reaches seldom seen heights thanks to the Flemish choreographer. With films such as Leaving Las Vegas, Mr. Jones, Internal Affairs on his résumé, Mike Figgis is not just anyone either. With Timecode he showed that he was not afraid to explore new narrative forms. In The Co(te)lette Film he again uses his tried and tested split-screen system. He uses it sparingly and it does not distract the viewer from the choreography itself.
It concerns three women who are confronted by their own bodies as well as the bodies of the other women. They also want to engage the spectators standing around the podium. Thanks to the camera work, which alternates between close-ups and long shots, the cinema audience is engaged as well. All the elements add up to a confrontational performance about desire, lust, fulfillment, attraction, rejection, seduction, searching, finding and not finding. Unlike the stage production, in the film there are spectators standing around the podium. When Ann Van den Broek won a prestigious Dutch dance award for Co(te)lette, the jury called it ‘a daring and fragile choreography, raw, confrontational and gripping’. There is no better way to describe the physical power of the performance. The scars on the dancers’ bodies are visible. Figgis’s camera is merciless.”
Source: Film Festival Ghent

The film won awards during filmfestivals in Los Angeles (USA), Nicosia (CYP), Brussels (B) and San Francisco (USA).

The Co(te)lette Film is available on ITunes for only € 13,99 (rental € 3,99).

See also the special The Co(te)lette Film page on facebook.

director  Mike Figgis
concept and choreography  Ann Van den Broek
dance  Frauke Mariën, Cecilia Moisio and Judit Ruiz Onandi
extra’s and understudy’s  Erin Harty, Karen Lamberts and Emma Seresia
special extra’s  Lie Antonissen, Surah Dohnke
première  19 October, 2010, Filmfestival Ghent (B)

other contributors: producers Vito Di Rosa and Bart Van Langendonck / Lighting cameraman Oliver Schofield / camera Mike Figgis / production designer Bernie van Velzen / editor Arlen Figgis / composer original music Arne Van Dongen / costume Catherine Van Bree / make up Alexandra Kourline / line producer Xavier Rombaut / co-producer Monique van Beek - WArd/waRD / producers NTR Bart Soepnel and Joost Van Krieken / associate producer Janine Dijkmeijer / first assistant director Aram Van de Rest / sound recordist Luc Cuveele / gaffer Laurens De Grande / camera assistant Kristof Meert / second assistant director Nathalie Teirlinck / constructor Merijn Sep / wardrobe assistant Charlotte Van Peel

The Co(te)lette Film is a co-production of Savage Film, a production company based in Brussels; the British Red Mullet; WArd/WaRD (NL/B) and the Dutch NTR. It was made with the financial support of the Nederlandse Mediafonds (Dutch Media Foundation) and the Vlaams Audivisueel Fonds (Flemish Audiovisual Foundation).