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Making Movie History: Denys Arcand

Making Movie History: Denys Arcand

| 6 min

As a young man, Denys Arcand had his heart set on history. He fell into cinema by happenstance, only to become Quebec's most famous director--a winner several times over at Cannes and recipient of the 2003 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. His beginnings wer auspicious. While making a student film in 1961, Arcand was assigned an extraordinary crew that included Brault, Groulx, Carrière and Gosselin. His new friends found a place for him at the NFB, and the agency became his school. He honed his craft alongside cameraman Bernard Gosselin and watched as Pour la suite du monde took form in a neighbouring editing suite. Inspired by this creative foment, he went on to make a remarkable series of films. Referencing Machavielli, classical tragedy, or biblical scripture, the iconoclastic Arcand challenges and stimulates, exploring contemporary Quebec with fearlessness and humour.

This interview is part of Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts.

  • original idea
    Denys Desjardins
  • researcher
    Denys Desjardins
  • interviews
    Denys Desjardins
  • direction
    Denys Desjardins
  • editing
    Denys Desjardins
  • producer
    Johanne Bergeron
  • coordination
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
  • photographic research
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
  • rights clearances
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Sylvia Mezei
  • archives
    Yvon Larocque
    Claude Lord
  • conservation
    Richard Cournoyer
    Johanne St-Amant
  • laboratory
    Richard Cournoyer
    Johanne St-Amant
  • sweetening
    Luc Papineau
  • original music
    Luc Papineau
  • additional editing
    Babalou Hamelin
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • image treatment
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • marketing manager
    Geneviève Bérard
  • marketing assistant
    Catherine Benoît
  • studio administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
    Manon Provencher
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
    Dominique Brunet
  • administrative assistant
    Perrine Bral
    Sophie Dupuis
    Lise Lévesque
  • technical coordinator
    Richard Cliche
  • director of the French Program
    Monique Simard


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