Best Film Directors From Canada
After you read the list below, you will know more about some of the best film directors from Canada who have shot some of your favorite movies. The most important person on a film shoot is the director. He/she is responsible for directing the actors and crew, the director is also responsible for the film's dramatic and artistic feel. Here is a list of some of the best Canadian directors as well as some of their work.
Denys Arcand (Quebec).
Arcand is one of the most important filmmakers that emerged in the 1960s in Quebec Canada. At the 2003 Cannes Film Festival he was honored as best director for "Les invasion barbares," the same film won him an Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards. Arcand's latest movie, "The Age of Ingnorance" was completed in 2007.
Sarah Polley (Toronto, Ontario).
Polley was born to Canadian filmmaking parents in 1979, in 2004 she starred in the horror movie "Dawn Of The Dead." Polley continued acting until 1999 when she became an actor/director. Polley directed two films in 1999, "The Best Day of My Life" and "Don't Think Twice," which she also produced. Polley's latest vision can be seen in the movie "Take This Waltz," (2011) which stars Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman.
David Cronenberg (Toronto, Ontario).
In 2005 Cronenberg produced and directed the Academy Award nominated "A History of Violence," which stars Viggo Mortensen. In 2007 the Canadian director lent his talented eye to "Eastern Promises," which also stars Viggo Mortensen. Cronenberg began his directing career in Canada with his 1966 short film "Transfer," which revolves around two men who end up in a necktie flappin duel.
Atom Egoyan (Victoria, BC).
Egoyan was born in Armenia and raised in Canada. Egoyan directed the 2009 psychological thriller "Chloe," which stars Jullianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson. His 1994 film "Exotica" became his fist commercial success and made him the first Canadian in five years to legitimately compete in the Cannes Film Festival. "Exotica" won the Canadian director the International Critics Prize.
Francois Girard (St-Felicien Quebec).
Girard directed his first feature film "Cargo" in 1990, and has also directed Canadian television as well as stage plays. Girard gained international notice in 1993 when he co-wrote "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould" with fellow Canadian writer/director/actor Don McKellar, who wrote "Blindness" (2008). In 2007 Girard wrote and directed "Silk," an epic love story which stars Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley.