The Gentle Leader (The Work of Martine Chartrand)

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for Cinetalk.net

Some choose to do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

Well, that’s exactly what gifted Montreal filmmaker Martine Chartrand does. 2001 Berlin’s Golden Bear winner for her landmark short film Black Soul, Chartrand never takes the easy path. Her amazing animated films take years in the making since it involves creating, one after another, thousands of paintings. But the results are true works of Art and there is something refreshingly contemporary in her use of good old school techniques.

From her beginnings (as full time director of her own work) in 1992, with NFB produced award-winning short T.V Tango, to her involvement in the development of the  master of paint-on-glass animation Alexander Petrov’s film of The Old Man and the Sea (the celebrated Russian film maker gave her advanced courses of his technique in 1994), Chartrand constructed, with her two subsequent films,  Black Soul and  MacPherson (Both NFB produced) ,  a short but impressive resume.

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Her devotion is a fascinating work of anthropology. She definitely does her homework and researches before during and after production to create extensive and charming voyages into black people history in an inclusive and comprehensive way. Sharing knowledge (with modesty) through Art is  for her a second nature. This easy going educative approach within the very own nature of the projects is filled with major themes exposed with a great sense for poetry, colors, storytelling and rhythm. Her knowledge of music being obviously another strong point,  the films are  scored with stylish taste.

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Within a whole body of work (in progress) with all films  standing alone, she is fully  dedicated to refine an approach that goes even beyond animation, as they are treasures of World Cinema,  Martine Chartrand has a dream and she shares it right here: (yours to discover)

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(She is  currently honoured – with an expo and film presentation- by Cinematheque Quebecoise and 32e Festival Vues d’Afrique)

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