Denys Arcand

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
The most internationally successful filmmaker to emerge from Quebec, Canadian writer-director Denys Arcand transitioned from activist documentarian to insightful observer of the human condition with several acclaimed ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1941 in Deschambault, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Director (17)

Le règne de la beauté 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Phantom Biker 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Days of Darkness 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Barbarian Invasions 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Stardom 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Joyeux Calvaire 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Love and Human Remains 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Jesus of Montreal 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Montreal Vu Par... 1990 (Movie)

(("Vue D'Ailleurs"/"Seen From Elsewhere")) (Director)

The Decline of the American Empire 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crime of Ovide Plouffe 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Comfort and Indifference 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Gina 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Rejeanne Padovani 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Damned Loot 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Quebec: Duplessis and After 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Cotton Mill: Treadmill 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

Le règne de la beauté 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Phantom Biker 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Days of Darkness 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Barbarian Invasions 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stardom 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jesus of Montreal 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Decline of the American Empire 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Crime of Ovide Plouffe 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rejeanne Padovani 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (5)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

Maître'D at Ritz (Actor)

Leolo 1993 (Movie)

Career Counselor (Actor)

Jesus of Montreal 1990 (Movie)

The Judge (Actor)

Montreal Vu Par... 1990 (Movie)

("Desperanto or Let Sleeping Girls Lie") (Actor)

Un Zoo la nuit 1988 (Movie)

Peep Show Man (Actor)
Producer (1)

Sitting on the Edge of Marlene 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

The most internationally successful filmmaker to emerge from Quebec, Canadian writer-director Denys Arcand transitioned from activist documentarian to insightful observer of the human condition with several acclaimed feature films. Arcand first gained notice while employed at Canada's National Film Board when his politically sensitive textile industry exposé "On est au cotton" ("Cotton Mill") (1970) was deemed by the organization to be too volatile to be released for several years. He ventured into dramatic storytelling with his first feature film, the crime drama "La maudite galette" ("The Damned Cake") (1972) and ultimately found his thematic footing with the lauded societal character study "The Decline of the American Empire" (1986). Although English language efforts like "Love and Human Remains" (1993) and "Stardom" (2000) met with mixed to negative results, respectively, "Les Invasions barbares" ("The Barbarian Invasions") (2003) won Arcand the Best Foreign Language Oscar he had been flirting with since "American Empire." Branded an unrepentant pessimist by some, while heralded as a perceptive social commentator by many others, all agreed that Arcand was a talented filmmaker with something to say, not merely about his native Quebec, but about the world at large.

Relationships

Gabriel Arcand

Brother
has appeared in brother's films

EDUCATION

attended Jesuit school for nine years

University of Montreal

Montreal , Quebec 1963

Milestones

2003

Produced and Directed "The Barbarian Invasions"

2000

Was director of "Stardom", an aptly titled look at celebrity, screened at the famed film festivals in Cannes and Toronto

1996

Helmed the docudrama "Joyeux Calvaire", a portrait of Montreal's homeless

1993

Directed the darkly atmospheric and somewhat comedic feature "Love and Human Remains"

1992

Had a cameo in Jean-Claude Lauzon's "Leolo"

1991

Contributed his film "Vue d'Ailleurs/Seen From Elsewhere" to the anthology "Montreal Vu Par...", celebrating the city's 350th anniversary

1989

Wrote and directed the award-winning drama "Jesus of Montreal"; also acted in a small role

1987

Had a cameo in Jean-Claude Lauzon's gritty Genie-winning melodrama "Un Zoo la nuit"

1986

Was director and screenwriter of the roundly acclaimed, witty and dialogue-heavy feature "The Decline of the American Empire"

1984

Directed brother Gabriel in "Le Crime d'Ovide Plouffe"; also penned screenplay

1981

Helmed the documentary "Le Confort et l'indifference", a look at the 1980 Quebec Referendum top secession

1977

TV directing debut, "Duplessis"

1974

Directed "Gina", a controversial look at filmmaking and action-packed revenge movies

1972

Was director, screenwriter and editor of the feature "Rejeanne Padovani"

1970

First feature film as director, "La maudite galette"

1969

Made banned feature-length documentary "On est au coton" (released 1976)

1963

With National Film Board of Canada, made short documentaries including the trilogy "Champlain" (1964), "Les Montrealistes" (1965) and "La route de l'ouest" (1965); became founding member of Les Cineastes Associes (Associated Filmmakers)

1962

Made first short film, "Seul ou avec d'autres", while still in school

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