Robert Morin

Director

Biography

Robert Morin has been enriching the world of Québec cinéma for over twenty-five years with his penetrating "interior views", each one more striking than the last. He has, from the beginning, imposed his own style and vision, leaving indelible marks on the collective imagination.

A founding member of the Coop Vidéo de Montréal in 1977, Morin has made about thirty films and videos of varying lengths, of which most have won awards and nominations internationally. He has been the focus of countless homages and retrospectives (among others at the Cinémathèque Québécoise, the Cinéma Parallèle, in Québec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Montbéliard, Bourges, Brussels and Marseille) and has received many distinctions over the years.

Here some of the works that have made their mark: Quiconque meurt, meurt à douleur (Whoever Dies, Dies in Pain) (1997), was awarded best feature by the AQCC (l'Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) in 1998; Yes Sir! Madame... (1994) won the Grand Prix de Genève, the Grand Prix de Split in Croatia and best video at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in 1995; Windigo (1994), won best film from the Office des Communications Sociales and the Alberta-Québec Innovation-Cinéma award; Requiem pour un beau sans-coeur (1992), was selected at the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, and won best Canadian film (the CityTV Award, Toronto), the Ouimet-Molson Award for best Québécois feature, and the SARDEC award for best screenplay. The film also received special mention for its screenplay at the Vancouver Film Festival and was nominated for best film and best screenplay at the Genies; together with their other work, La réception (The Reception)(1989), co-directed with Lorraine Dufour, won them the Bell Canada Award from the Canada Council for the Arts; La femme étrangère (The Woman from Elsewhere) (1988) received the Prix Spécial du Jury in Nantes in 1990; Tristesse modèle réduit (Scale-Model Sadness)(1987), won the Alberta-Québec Innovation-Télévision award, a quality award from SOGIC, and a Gémeau nomination for best film. In 2002, Vidéographe, in collaboration with the Coop Vidéo de Montréal, released a collection of Morin's video works on 10 DVD's entitled, Parcours du vidéaste (1976-1997). The same year, Morin made Le Nèg'. In 2003, this film won a Jutra for best editing, the SAQ Prix Coup-de-Coeur award at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, and was among Canada's Top Ten recognized by the Toronto International Film Festival Group.

In 2005, Robert Morin is doing two more feature films: Que Dieu bénisse l'Amérique (May God Bless America), and the much more personal Petit Pow ! Pow ! Noël. In 2009, Morin won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts for his body of work. The same year, he released his bittersweet film Papa à la chasse aux lagopèdes, in which a former financial tycoon and notorious con man goes on the lam in northern Quebec while communicating electronically with his two young daughters. In 2010, Journal d'un coopérant captured multiple layers of disillusionment with international development work in Africa.

Morin is currently finishing postproduction on his latest feature, an adaptation of Hubert Mingarelli's award-winning novel, Quatre Soldats. The film is expected to be released by the fall. He is also developing three other projects, including the fictional films 3 histoires d'indiens and La femme étrangère.

Filmography

2014

3 Indian Tales
Feature-Length Drama, HD, Coop Vidéo

2013

Quatre soldats
Feature-Length Drama, HD, Coop Vidéo

2010

Journal d'un coopérant
(The Volunteer)

Feature-Length Drama, HD, 90 mins, color, Coop Vidéo

2009

Papa à la chasse aux lagopèdes (Daddy Goes Ptarmigan Hunting)
Drama, HD, 91 mins, colour, Coop Vidéo

2005

Que Dieu bénisse l'Amérique
(May God Bless America)
Feature-Length Drama, HD to 35mm, Coop Vidéo

Petit Pow! Pow! Noël (Yule Croak)
Feature-Length Drama, video, F pour Film / Coop Vidéo

2002

Le Nèg'
Feature-Length Drama, 35 mm, Coop Vidéo

2001

Opération Cobra
Feature-Length Docu-Drama, video, Cinémaginaire

1997

Quiconque meurt, meurt à douleur (Whoever Dies, Dies in Pain)
Feature-Length Drama, video, Coop Vidéo

1994

Yes Sir! Madame...
Feature-Length Drama, 16mm and video, Coop Vidéo

Windigo
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Lux Films

1992

Requiem pour un beau
sans-coeur

Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Coop Vidéo / Lux Films

1989

La réception (The Reception)
Feature-Length Drama, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo / M.D.V.

1988

La femme étrangère (The Woman from Elsewhere)
Documentary Short, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo / M.D.V.

1987

Tristesse modèle réduit (Scale-Model Sadness)
Feature-Length Drama, video, Coop Vidéo / ONF

1984

Le voleur vit en enfer (The Thief Lives in Hell)
Dramatic Short, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo

Mauvais mal (Evil Madness)
Dramatic Short, video, co-directors: Marcel Chouinard and Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo

On se paye la gomme (We Treat Ourselves to the Best)
Dramatic Short, video, co-directors: Marcel Chouinard and Gilbert Lachapelle, Coop Vidéo

Toi t'es-tu lucky (And You, Are You Lucky?)
Dramatic Short, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo

1983

Le mystérieux Paul (The Mysterious Paul)
Dramatic Short, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo

A Postcard from Victoria
Dramatic Short, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Western Front

1980

Gus est encore dans l'armée (Gus Is Still in the Army)
Dramatic Short, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo

Ma vie c'est pour le restant de mes jours (My Life Is for the Rest of my Life)
Dramatic Short, video, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo

Le royaume est commencé (The Kingdom Has Come)
Medium-Length Drama, 16mm, co-director: Lorraine Dufour, Coop Vidéo

1977

Même mort il faut s'organiser
Dramatic Short, 16mm, collective, Coop Vidéo

Mentions

2006

Retrospective of independent works by Robert Morin
Festival international du documentaire de Marseille (France)

2002

The Videomaker's Journey (1976-1997)
Boxed set of 10 DVD's of Robert Morin's video works, accompanied by the publication, Given moments, an interview with the videographer directed by Fabrice Montal

1999

Robert Morin, videomaker
Rétrospective, Cinémathèque québécoise (Montréal, Canada)

1999

L'Affaire Robert Morin, fictionologue et documenteur
Rétrospective présentée par Antitube à Bandits-Mages (Bourges, France)

1998

L'Affaire Robert Morin, fictionologue et documenteur
Rétrospective presented by Antitube, Musée de la civilisation de Québec (Canada)

1997

Robert Morin Retrospective
Centre d'Art contemporain de Basse Normandie (France)

1995

Robert Morin Retrospective
Cinéma Parallèle (Montréal, Canada)

1992-91

Morin-Dufour Retrospective
Galerie Nationale du Canada (Ottawa, Canada)

1991

Bell Canada Prize, Canada Council
Robert Morin and Lorraine Dufour for their videographic oeuvre

1991

Morin-Dufour Retrospective
Galerie A Space (Toronto, Canada)

1990

Morin-Dufour Retrospective
Cinéma Parallèle (Montréal, Canada)

1989

Tribute to Robert Morin
Festival Filmer à tout prix (Bruxelles, Belgique)

1989

Robert Morin Retrospective
Manifestation internationale de vidéo et de télévision de Montbéliard (France)

Caroline Hayeur