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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing Details

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Lensed on a smile and a shoeshine on 16 millimeter, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing effectively shifts from black and white to color and back again to make its artistic statement. [[Performer~P46970~Sheila McCarthy~sheilamccarthy]] stars as a self-effacing amateur photographer who goes to work for yuppie art-curator [[Performer~P3314~Paule Baillargeon~paulebaillargeon]]. Ms. McCarthy expresses her admiration for Ms. [[Performer~P3314~Baillargeon~paulebaillargeon]] by secretly submitting the latter's paintings to some appreciative critics. [[Performer~P3314~Baillargeon~paulebaillargeon]] responds by behaving atrociously towards McCarthy. This shakes up McCarthy to the point that she realizes she'll never succeed as an artist on her own terms long as she hides behind the accomplishments of others. This apparently autobiographical first film by director [[Performer~P109161~Patricia Rozema~patriciarozema]] (we say "apparently" because [[Performer~P46970~Sheila McCarthy~sheilamccarthy]]'s character name is rhythmically and ethnically close to [[Performer~P109161~Rozema~patriciarozema]]'s) won the [[Feature~V165810~Prix de la Jeunesse~jeunessedenuit]] at the Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 1, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Genie Awards Martine Matthews Best Costume Design 1988 Nominee
Genie Awards Paule Baillargeon Best Supporting Actress 1988 Winner
Genie Awards Sheila McCarthy Best Actress 1988 Winner
Genie Awards Patricia Rozema Best Director 1988 Nominee
Genie Awards Patricia Rozema Best Screenplay 1988 Nominee
Genie Awards Ann-Marie MacDonald Best Supporting Actress 1988 Nominee
Genie Awards Douglas Koch Best Cinematography 1988 Nominee
Genie Awards Alexandra Z Best Costume Design 1988 Nominee
Genie Awards Egidio Coccimiglio Best Sound 1988 Nominee

Cast

Sheila McCarthy
as Poly Vandersma
Paule Baillargeon
as Gabrielle St. Peres
Ann-Marie MacDonald
as Mary Joseph
John Evans
as Warren
Brenda Kamino
as Japanese Waitress
Richard Monette
as Clive

Crew

Patricia Rozema
Director
Patricia Rozema
Producer
Don Haig
Producer
Alexandra Raffe
Producer
Patricia Rozema
Screenwriter
Douglas Koch
Cinematographer
Mark Korven
Composer (Music Score)
Patricia Rozema
Editor
Valanne Ridgeway
Production Designer
Don Haig
Executive Producer
Valanne Ridgeway
Set Designer
Alexandra Z
Costume Designer
Martine Matthews
Costume Designer
Egidio Coccimiglio
Sound/Sound Designer
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