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François Girard

François Girard

François Girard was born in Lac St. Jean, Quebec in 1963. His career began in Montreal in the art video circuit. In 1984, he founded Zone Productions, a company in which he created numerous experimental short films as well as films on architecture, dance and other artistic subjects. He was also renowned for a number of music videos and video installations.

Since 1989, his main efforts have been dedicated to feature films. THE RED VIOLIN is his third feature after CARGO and the internationally acclaimed THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN COULD. In the same period, aside from those three feature films which he co-wrote and directed, he also made a television adaptation of the play LE DORTOIR by Gilles Maheu, shot the concert film PETER GABRIEL'S SECRET WORLD in Italy, directed THE SOUND OF THE CARCERI, one of six episodes of YO-YO MA: INSPIRED BY BACH, and made his debut as an opera director with the Canadian Opera Company production of SYMPHONY OF PSALMS and OEDIPUS REX by Igor Stravinski and Jean Cocteau.

Girard's many projects have received nearly fifty international awards. Among these, four Genie Awards went to THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD, a Grammy Award for best long form music video was given to PETER GABRIEL'S SECRET WORLD, an International Emmy, a Gold FIPA and a Prix Italia went to LE DORTOIR, and eight Dora Awards for OEDIPUS REX. His work in commercials was also rewarded with many prizes and the Montreal Publicity Club named him Director of the year in 1997.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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Selected Filmography

The Red Violin
Wagner: Parsifal
Glenn Gould: Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Peter Gabriel
Bach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of Carceri
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