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Director Profile: Michel Brault


Occupation: Producer/Director/Director of Photography
Active Years: 44
Birthplace: Canada

His name appears in the credits of more than two hundred productions. By turns cameraman, director of photography, director and producer, Michel Brault has, among other accomplishments, contributed to four of the ten all-time best canadian films, either as director or as director of photography.

In 1956, Michel Brault joins the National Film Board of Canada where he will shoot over forty short and middle-feature films. Apart from Claude Jutra, he worked with Jacques Giraldeau, Fernand Dansereau, Louis-Georges Carrier, Claude Fournier and Gilles Groulx. It is with the latter he co-directs Les Raquetteurs in 1958, a film that will have a decisive influence on NFB's french section: they will resolutely engage in direct camera movement of which Brault, along with his colleagues, is thereon attributed paternity.

After a stay in France where he shoots with Jean Rouch and Mario Ruspoli, Michel Brault directs Pour la suite du monde and L'Acadie, l'Acadie with Pierre Perrault, major works on the cinematography and sociological levels.

In 1996, Michel Brault reties with documentaries and directs a one hour film on the painter Ozias Leduc.

The works of Michel Brault as cameraman and director of photography are impressive: Mon oncle Antoine (1971) and Kamouraska (1973) by Claude Jutra; Mourir à tue-tête (1978) by Anne-Claire Poirier; Le Temps d'une chasse (1972) and Les Bons débarras (1979) by Francis Mankiewicz; Louisiane (1984) by Philippe de Broca; Threshold (1983), No Mercy (1986) and Dead Man Out (1988) by Dick Pearce; The Great Land of Small (1986) by Vojtech Jasny.

Michel Brault signs his first fiction feature film in 1967 with Entre la mer et l'eau douce. He then directs Les Ordres, masterly film that earned him the best direction award at Cannes festival and four Genie Awards. Follows Les Noces de papier (1989), Montréal vu par (codirected, 1991); Shabbat Shalom (1992), Mon amie Max (1993) and The Long Winter (1999).

For the whole of his works, Michel Brault has received the Victor-Morin Award (Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal) in 1975, the Molson Award ( Canada Arts Council) in 1980, and the Governor-general's Award in 1996.

Director Credits


A Freedom to Move

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