Denys Arcand biography
Date of Birth: June 25, 1941
Born in Deschambault, Quebec, Arcand (brother of actor Gabriel Arcand) began his career
in the 1960s as a documentary filmmaker.
Most of his earliest works, Seul ou avec d'autres
(1962), Champlain (1964), Parcs atlantiques (1967) and Volleyball (1966),
were award-winning documentaries.
His first feature films, La Maudite galette (1972) and Réjeanne Padovani (1973)
were also selected for various awards.
After completing the feature Gina (1974), Arcand went back to directing various documentaries
and started to work in a number of television series, including Duplessis, Empire Inc.,
and The Crime of Ovide Plouffe. His documentary, Comfort and Indifference (1982),
was awarded the Best Film of the Year prize by the Quebec Film Critics' Association.
In the late '80s, Arcand wrote and directed Jésus de Montréal (1989) and Le Déclin de
l'empire américain (1986) which were both nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the
In Canada, both these films swept the Genie Awards, winning Best Motion
Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay as well as various other prizes.
The two films would
also win awards at the Cannes International Film Festival.
In addition to his work in film, Arcand also adapted and directed the stage production of
The Portuguese Nun's Letters which had a successful run at Montreal's Théâtre de
He started off the millennium with a new challenge. Stardom (2000) marks the first English
language feature film that Arcand both wrote and directed.
Denys Arcand Filmography