Director Denis Côté

Production year 2019

Length 66min.

Country Canada


A man goes into the woods alone. We know nothing about him, apart from his military-style attire with a nametag indicating he might be called Wilcox. Is he a traumatized veteran, a survivalist, a desperate man or even a philosopher-hermit? A documentary-style fictional film, a minimalist adventure yarn haunted by reality, Wilcox is both simple and mysterious. With encounters whose dialogue is inaudible, a sound design that transports reality into the world of the mind, and strangely filtered images to distance us from Wilcox, the latest film by Denis Côté is a nonjudgmental perspective on people who decide to remove themselves from the world, giving no clues as to why.


Special Jury Prize - Best National Feature | Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Canada, 2019


Denis Côté
Denis Côté



Denis Côté, Annie St-Pierre


Denis Côté

Director of Photography

François Messier-Rheault

Music by

Roger Tellier Craig


Jean-François Caissy


Matthew Rankin


Guillaume Tremblay

Production company(ies)

GreenGround Productions, Inspiratrice & Commandant

Denis Côté

Denis Côté, born in New Brunswick, Canada, has gained a solid reputation as an independent filmmaker on both the local and international scenes since 2005. After directing many short films and working a few years as a journalist and film critic (1995-2005), he makes his feature film debut with Drifting States. Winner at the Locarno FF and elsewhere, he follows up with Our Private Lives (2007) that also tours the international festival circuit. In 2008, All that She Wants wins the Directing Prize at Locarno. In 2010, Curling wins the Best Director and Best Actor Awards at Locarno. In 2012, Denis Côté offers a film-essay entitled Bestiaire, that receives unexpected praise (over a 100 international festivals) and is theatrically released in France, the US and Germany. Since 2009, Denis Côté’s work has been the subject of some twenty retrospectives around the world.


Drifting States (2005), Our Private Lives (2007), All that She Wants (2008), Carcasses (2009, doc.), Les lignes ennemies (2010, short), Curling (2010), Sans titre (2011, short), Bestiaire (2012, doc.), Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013), Joy of Man's Desiring (2014, doc.), Here in Lisbon (segment Excursões, 2015), May We Sleep Soundly (2015, short), Boris without Béatrice (2016), A Skin So Soft (2017, doc.), Ghost Town Anthology (2019), Wilcox (2019).

FILMS 2020