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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
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Les mans buides / Where Is Madam Catherine?
Made in Spain

The story could be told from the point of view of Perroquet, an irritating domestic bird that witnessed the death of its owner, old Madame Catherine, as a result of her excesses and her burial on the sly by Eric the mechanic. It could also be told by stopping on the trains making their way through this hamlet not far from the border, with tickets controlled by dreaming collectors, lost like Sophie, who everyday dispatch their batch of passengers, including the handsome Gérard. But it could also be followed through the bottles of wine served by Yann, the publican, as he gleefully shares them with his friends Eric and Jean-Claude the gendarme. Or we could follow the sinuous trail marked out by a box of biscuits containing Madame Catherine's savings, money which will unexpectedly end up in the pocket of a pair of trousers at the bottom of an unfortunate washing machine...
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, 1970. From 1984 to 1988, he made fourteen short films which participated in numerous festivals. In 1989, he obtained a scholarship from the Catalan Government and settled in Paris as assistant to the filmmaker Marcel Hanoun. At the age of 21 he directed his first feature film, El cielo sube (1991), selected by over forty festivals and winner of prizes on numerous occasions. Next came El árbol de las cerezas (1998) and Pau y su hermano (Pau and His Brother, 2001), which competed in the Cannes official selection.
Marc Recha
Marc Recha, Mireia Vidal, Nadine Lamari
Hélène Louvard
Ernest Blasi
Olivier Gourmet, Eduardo Noriega, Jéremie Lippmann, Eulalia Ramón, Dominique Marcas, Mireille Perrier
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Running Time
126 m.
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