Over the course of just one week, Mike Figgis’s The Co(te)lette Film notched up both the Award for Best Dance Film and the Prix du Film sur l’Art at the Cyprus International Film Festival and the Iselp Art Film Festival respectively. Since making its international debut at the Ghent International Film Festival, the film has been selected for over 15 festivals and has already collected three awards.
The Co(te)lette Film is Oscar winning director Figgis's cinematographic adaptation of the award-winning dance performance by choreographer Ann Van den Broeck. Earlier this year the film also won the Best of the Festival Award at the Dance Camera West Festival in LA and screened at festivals such as Nyon (Visions du Réel), Vancouver and Buenos Aires.
In Co(te)lette, three female dancers are shown in a rather intimate atmosphere, in a chicken-and-egg situation somewhere between desire and satisfaction. There is no confrontation, nor rivalry. No storytelling, no solution and no ending. The dancers go from appeal to sensuality, over lust, fame, success, reflection and control, to silence. They are slaves of their own desires while trying to gain control of them.
Shooting took place in May 2010 at the Alfacam soundstage in Lint, Belgium. The Co(te)lette Film was produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead) and was supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) via its FilmLab scheme.