Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are modern-day gladiators. The group includes high-level bodybuilders, a strongman and an ex-champion-turned-trainer. As they prepare for future competitions, they follow extreme diets and slave away at the gym. Each man pursues his own personal goals, but all share the same obsession: overcoming the limits of their bodies. A Skin So Soft is an open exploration of the regimented daily lives of these misunderstood monsters.
CAST & CREW
Denis Côté, Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Joëlle Bertossa, Dounia Sichov
Director of Photography
François Messier Rheault
Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas, Frédéric Cloutier, Clovis Gouaillier
Alexis Légaré, Benoit Lapierre, Cédric Doyon, Jean-François Bouchard, Ronald Yang, Maxim Lemire.
Art & essai (Montréal) Close Up Films (Genève) The Addiction (Paris)
Since 1997, he has produced and directed 15 short films, which have been screened at many international film festivals. Journalist and film critic until 2005, Denis Côté directed his first feature film Drifting States, which won the Golden Leopard Award at the prestigious Locarno IFF. The Indie Vision Grand Prize followed at the Jeonju IFF in South Korea. Drifting States has been screened at more than 25 international film events. His third feature film All That She Wants won the Silver Leopard for Best Director at Locarno in August 2008. Carcasses was premiered at Cannes in 2009. In 2010, Côté presented his piece for the Jeonju Digital Project entitled The Enemy Lines
Drifting States (2005), Our Private Lives (2007), Elle veut le chaos/All that She Wants (2008), Carcasses (2009), The Enemy Lines (2010), Curling (2010), Bestiaire (2012), Vic and Flo Saw a Bear (2013), Que ta joie demeure/Joy of Man’s Desiring (2014), Excursions (2015, short), May We Sleep Soundly (2015, short), Boris without Beatrice (2016), A Skin So Soft (2017).