Des lois des dialogues

Canada | 2016 | 42 min
Author: Marie-Line Laplante
Distribution: Studio National Des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy
Editing: Mario Côté
Music: Michael Oesterle
Producer: Mario Côté
Sound: Geoffrey Durcak, Sébastien Eugène
Production: Studio National Des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy


In this film by Mario Côté, two men and a woman are looking for a place to meet, in the heat of summer. As they walk, they reflect on society, drawing freely on Plato’s final treatise, The Laws, in which he writes about the fictional construction of a model city. Plato’s dialogues are transposed to the modern world by writer Marie-Line Laplante. Filmmakers Micheline Lanctôt, Alain Fleischer and André S. Labarthe play the three characters. The Montreal painter and video artist constructs a philosophical fiction of an anachronistic and disturbing reality.


Mario Côté

Mario Côté is a painter and video artist who lives and works in Montreal. Since 1994, he has taught at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is active in the Centre de recherche en arts médiatiques Hexagram/UQAM. He has initiated a number of collaborative projects in experimental video, in which he explores the concept of the “dancing body” in collaboration with a number of choreographers and that of the “reading body” with writers, actors, composers and filmmakers. He headed the research groups ARC_PHONO from 2005 to 2012, and ARC_DANSE from 2009 to 2015.
Filmography | Écorces (2016) ; Sonate no 6 (2016) ; Black and Tan Fantasy/Répétition (2015) ; Jeanne Renaud et Rose-Marie Arbour, le temps qui reste (2015) ; L'Homme de la campagne (2014) ; Fernand Leduc : les mots de la peinture (2013) ; A Morte in braccio (2012) ; À ciel ouvert (2011) ; Les Saisons Sullivan (2007).

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UQAM - Salle Jean-Claude Lauzon
Screening # 56