Mademoiselle Kenopsia

Mademoiselle Kenopsia

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Behind the walls of the desolate, empty rooms of an unidentified non-place (it could be an inn, a school, a church, or anything designed to accommodate strangers), a woman tries to carry out an abstract mission with the utmost dedication: Surrendered to her obsession to inhabit interior spaces, sometimes as a custodian and other times as a ghost that haunts the edifice, she chooses a different register to get us acquainted with the loneliness and melancholy of ruination. If genius loci, the “spirit of the place” had a face, that would certainly have the expression of Larisa Korivo, a frequent collaborator of one of the most idiosyncratic directors in world cinema; in his interpretation of the phenomenon of kenopsia (the eerie atmosphere of a place that's usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet), Coté explores the dynamics of the so-called liminal spaces and opens up a field for the projection of our innermost desires. A film with a wide-open form inviting us to the sealed rooms of the soul, so that we can finally encounter what insists on keeping us confined.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Denis Côté
Script: Denis Côté
Cinematography: Vincent Biron
Editing: Terence Chotard
Sound: Jean-François Caissy, Terence Chotard, Stéphane Bergeron
Actors: Larissa Corriveau, Évelyne de la Cheneliere, Olivier Aubin, Hinde Rabbaj
Production: Voyelles Films
Producers: Guillaume Vasseur, Denis Côté, Vincent Biron
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Canada
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 80'
Contact: h264

Denis Côté

Born in New Brunswick in 1973, Denis Côté began making short films after completing his studies in cinema. While working as a film critic, he completed in 2005 his first feature-length film, Drifting States, which won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival, where he will also be rewarded for his direction in Curling in 2010. With Carcasses, presented at the 2009 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Vic + Flo Saw A Bear, Social Hygiene, and That Kind of Summer at the Berlinale in 2013, 2021, and 2022 respectively, Denis Côté stands us as one of the most prominent filmmakers within Quebec contemporary cinema, exploring his preferred themes, solitude, intimate fears and alienation, both through fictions and documentaries, constantly pushing further the limits of his formal work.


2005 Drifting States
2007 Our Private Lives
2008 All that She Wants
2010 Curling
2013 Vic and Flo Saw a Bear
2016 Boris Without Béatrice
2017 A Skin So Soft
2019 Ghost Town Anthology
2021 Social Hygiene
2022 That Kind of Summer
2023 Mademoiselle Kenopsia