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François Girard


B: January 12, 1963 in St-Félicien, Québec

François Girard grew up in a family that was hooked on education. His grandfather was a talented musician and at first it appeared as if the young Girard would follow in those footsteps. Much of his early career and much of his film career has been centred around music. He began playing with video, creating experimental films based on architectural images and dance in the early 1980s. He made his feature-film debut with Cargo and four years later grabbed international attention with the film Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which he co-wrote with Don McKellar. Extending his talent to the stage, he made his debut as an opera director with Symphony of Psalmes and Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinski and Jean Cocteau which went on to win eight Dora Mavor Moore Awards. His 2019 film The Song of Names was selected to have its World Premiere at TIFF 2019.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Das Brunch (1983)
Distance (1984)
Human Scope (1984)
Le train (1985)
Monsieur Léon (1986)
Tango, Tango (1986)
Montréal danse (1988)
Mourir (1988)
Suspect No. 1 (1988)
CCA (1989)
Vie et mort de l’architectecte (1989)

Cargo (1990)
Le dortoir (TV-1991)
Les jardins des ombres (TV-1993)
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Peter Gabriel’s Secret World (1994)
Souvenirs d’Othello (TV-1995)
Bach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of Carceri (1997)
The Red Violin / Le violon rouge (1998)

Silk (2007)

Boychoir (2014)
Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (2017)
The Song of Names (2019)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Cargo (1990)
Le jardin des ombres(TV-1993)
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
The Red Violin / Le violon rouge (1998)

Silk (2007)

Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (2017)

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, movie, poster,
This poster was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.