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.