Four people walk the city. They do not know each other. There is Fanny, who looks after trees, and who will meet the three others: Joséphine, who is at the end of her life; Carole, who is paralyzed by melancholy; and Jean-Luc, a blind man, who will restore Fanny’s faith in beauty.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Catherine Martin was born in Québec. After completing studies in Cinema and Photography at Concordia University, in Montréal, she worked as an editor a few years. She writes and directs all her films. Her short fiction films include: Odile ou réminiscences d'un voyage (1985), Nuits d'Afrique (1990) which won, amongst other prizes, the André-Leroux Award for Best Medium-Length Film of 1990 given by l’Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC), L'Ombre (1992) and Les Fins de semaine (1995).Her first documentary Les Dames du 9e (1998) was selected in many international festivals. It won the AQCC-Téléfilm Canada Award for the Best Medium-Length Documentary of 1998.Mariages, her debut feature film, was released in 2001 and won several awards; among them, the Best Screenplay Award at the 25th World Film Festival and the AQCC Award for Best Feature Film of 2001. Mariages was shown at the 26th Toronto International Film Festival, the 32nd International Forum of New Cinema in Berlin and in more than thirty international film festivals. It is one of Canada’s Top Ten 2001 as selected by a Toronto International Film Festival Group jury.Océan (2002) was selected for the international competition at Visions du Réel International documentary film festival in Nyon, Switzerland. It was screened at the 27th Toronto International Film Festival and in many international film festivals. It received a special mention from the AQCC and it is one of Canada’s Top Ten 2002.In 2006, Catherine Martin completed two films: her second feature dans les villes (shown at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival, the 35e Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal and at the 37th International Forum of New Cinema in Berlin); her first feature documentary L’esprit des lieux (shown at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival, at the 9e Rencontres Internationales du documentaire de Montréal and at the 37th International Forum of New Cinema in Berlin). She is currently writing her third feature La Flamme d’une chandelle (working title).