SHOEMAKER

Related Programs

CFC Features

Year

1996

Synopsis

In a forgotten neighbourhood of Toronto, two reclusive shoemakers run Mr. Happy Shoe Repair. Fragile yet deliberate, Carey polishes shoes while the overprotective Paul looks after the books. Their insular world begins to unravel when Carey encounters Anna at a grocery store and her sensuous glance steals his heart. Desperate to see her again, Carey places a personal ad. Worried about Carey’s mental limitations and lack of experience, Paul cautions him not to have romantic expectations. But Paul’s words evaporate when Anna show’s up at the shop and Carey’s all or nothing hearts begins a tremulous journey.

writer(s)

Jaan Kolk

producer(s)

Elizabeth Yake

Director

Colleen Murphy

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (Perspective Canada) - September 1996
  • Mannheim Film Festival (Germany) – October 1997
    • Audience Prize
    • Ecuments Prize
    • Best Actress Nomination
    • Best Supporting Actor
  • Shanghai International Film Festival (Panorama Canada Section) – November 1997

Awards:

  • Genie Award Nominations (1997):
    • Best Actress
    • Best Supporting Actor