Happy Canada Day!

by yrnej | created - 01 Jun 2017 | updated - 28 Jun 2017 | Public

July 1st will mark the 150th celebration of Canada Day. Canada Day is the Canadian national holiday and it celebrates the Constitution Act (then called the British North America Act) which united the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

To salute Canada, which of these celebrated Canadian filmmakers seems to make the most "Canadian" movies to you?

Discuss the list here

* selected directors who have become 75-100% Hollywood (or other non-Canadian community) directors who no longer have a cinematic connection to Canada have been left off the list

1. Denys Arcand

Writer | Les invasions barbares

One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others (1962) with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on ...

Les invasions barbares, Le déclin de l'empire américain, Jésus de Montréal, L'âge des ténèbres, Love & Human Remains

2. Gilles Carle

Director | Les Plouffe

Advertising studies at the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Montreal. Start the book edition company 'Les Editions de l'hexagone' with the poet Gaston Miron where he wrote litterature and cinema's reviews. In 1955, he began working in graphic arts at Radio-Canada still writing reviews in some newspaper. He ...

Les Plouffe, La vraie nature de Bernadette, La vie heureuse de Léopold Z, Maria Chapdelaine, La mort d'un bûcheron

3. Fernand Dansereau

Director | La brunante

Fernand Dansereau was born in 1928 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is a director and producer, known for La brunante (2007), Doux aveux (1982) and Les Porteurs d'espoir (2010).

La brunante, Thetford au milieu de notre vie, Astataïon ou Le festin des morts, Doux aveux

4. Xavier Dolan

Actor | J'ai tué ma mère

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for I Killed My Mother (2009), Tom at the Farm (2013) and Heartbeats (2010).

Mommy, Les amours imaginaires, J'ai tué ma mère, Laurence Anyways, Tom à la ferme

5. Michael Dowse

Director | It's All Gone Pete Tong

Michael Dowse was born on April 19, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada. He is a director and writer, known for It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004), What If (2013) and Stuber (2019).

Goon, The F Word, Take Me Home Tonight, It's All Gone Pete Tong, Fubar

6. Atom Egoyan

Director | The Sweet Hereafter

Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar (1993) in Armenia. Won attention ...

The Sweet Hereafter, The Captive, Devil's Knot, Where the Truth Lies, Exotica

7. Philippe Falardeau

Director | The Good Lie

After studying Canadian politics and international relations, Philippe Falardeau was chosen in 1993 as a contestant for the popular TV series La course destination monde (1988) (a contest were the participants tour the world making short films). There, he shot 20 films and ended up winning the race...

The Good Lie, Monsieur Lazhar, C'est pas moi, je le jure!, Congorama, Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre

8. François Girard

Director | Le violon rouge

François Girard was born in Quebec in 1963. Best known for his movie writing and directing (Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The red Violin, Silk...), Girard also directed a number of plays and operas including PARSIFAL at the Metropolitan Opera. He also wrote and directed two Cirque du ...

Le violon rouge, Silk, Boychoir, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, Cargo

9. Guy Maddin

Director | The Saddest Music in the World

Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic...

The Saddest Music in the World, My Winnipeg, Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters, The Forbidden Room, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

10. Bruce McDonald

Director | Pontypool

Bruce McDonald was born on May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is a director, known for Pontypool (2008), Hard Core Logo (1996) and Weirdos (2016).

Pontypool, The Tracey Fragments, Hard Core Logo, Hellions, Highway 61

11. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

Stories We Tell, Away From Her, Take This Waltz

12. Léa Pool

Director | Emporte-moi

Léa Pool was born on September 8, 1950 in Genève, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for Set Me Free (1999), La passion d'Augustine (2015) and La femme de l'hôtel (1984).

Lost and Delirious, The Blue Butterfly, Maman est chez le coiffeur, Emporte-moi, Pink Ribbons, Inc.

13. Patricia Rozema

Director | Into the Forest

Patricia Rozema was born on August 20, 1958 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is a director and writer, known for Into the Forest (2015), Mansfield Park (1999) and Grey Gardens (2009).

Mansfield Park, Into the Forest, When Night Is Falling, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing



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