Catherine Hébert is a Canadian film director, screenwriter, and producer. She was born in Quebec in 1975 and began her career as a theatre and television actor in the late 1990s. After acting for a few years, she decided to pursue a career in filmmaking and studied at the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaking Lab in Montreal.
Since then, Hébert has been involved in a number of film projects, including short films, features, documentaries, and television series. She has worked as a director, producer, and screenwriter on all of these projects. Her work has been featured in festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival.
Hébert’s debut feature film, Les Loups, was released in 2015. The film tells the story of a troubled teenage girl who falls in love with a wolf, and was praised for its sensitive and poetic style. The film was selected to be a part of the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and was nominated for numerous awards, including a Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture.
In 2017, Hébert released her second feature film, The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Gaëtan Soucy and tells the story of an introverted young girl who becomes obsessed with fire. The film was selected to be a part of the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and again received critical acclaim.
Other notable projects Hébert has worked on include the television series Règles de Vie and L’Echappée. In 2018, she was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Filmmakers of the Year by the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2020, she was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Length Documentary for her film La Sélection.
Hébert is known for her thoughtful and poetic cinematic style, and for her ability to create complex and layered stories. She is an important figure in the Canadian film industry, and her work has been recognized around the world.