Co-directors Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers and Carmine Pierre-Dufour’s FANMI is a heart-wrenching story of a daughter who is so engrossed in her own life after a breakup, she doesn’t notice her mother is hiding the real reason behind her sudden visit. This sombre yet beautiful short aptly plays with quiet looks and lighting to capture what isn’t being said between the two characters. This timely short has qualified to be considered for the 95th Academy® Awards after winning the Best Narrative Short Film at Provincetown International Film Festival.
The film was screened in various renowned festivals such as TIFF, Aspen, Indy Shorts and Palm Springs, and can soon be seen at the Black Harvest Film Festival.
Heartbroken following a break-up, Martine receives an unexpected visit from her mother, Monique. Too engrossed in her own sadness, Martine doesn’t notice right away that her mother is hiding something but, progressively, a bad feeling starts to take hold of her. During this short stay, these two very different women will have one last chance of getting closer to one another before they run out of time.
Co-director and writer Carmine Pierre-Dufour is part of the writing team for the hit medical drama TRANSPLANT. Her credits in film include MAHALIA MELTS IN THE RAIN, which was nominated for Best Live Action Short Drama at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2019. This year FANMI, was nominated under the same category at the Canadian Screen Awards. Carmine is currently writing two feature film projects with the financial support of Canada’s cultural institutions.
Co-director Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers has written and directed over 15 short films, her last short JUST ME AND YOU won, among other prizes, the Crystal Bear at the 2019 Berlinale. Sandrine has just finished her first feature HOW TO GET YOUR PARENTS TO DIVORCE, she is currently teaching part-time Acting and Directing for the screen at Concordia University whilst also writing her second feature. FANMI is her second short film to be in consideration for the Oscars.
The breathtaking cinematography was created by Léna Mill-Reuillard, a cinematographer and visual artist based in Montreal, and the film was produced by François Bonneau.