Director and Screenwriter
Louis Bélanger was born in Beauport, Québec, in 1964. With Denis Chouinard, he directed his first short film, Dogmatisme ou le songe d'Adrien, while in the communications program at the Université du Québec à Montréal. It merited a special mention at the Manifestation Internationale de Vidéo in Montbéliard and won an award at the Festival International du Jeune Cinéma de Montréal.
Together, Chouinard and Bélanger went on to make two medium-length works: Le soleil et ses traces (1990) and Les 14 définitions de la pluie (1992). The latter won the award for best video at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois. They then went on to collaborate on the scripts of Clandestins (1996) and L'ange de goudron (1999). Bélanger also made a short film, Les Galeries Wilderton (1991) with Bruno Baillargeon, which won the award for best actress at the Festival International du Jeune Cinéma, and received special mention at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois.
In 1999, with Post Mortem, Louis Bélanger completed his first feature, earning him five Jutra awards, including best director, best film and best screenplay (2000). This film also won three Genies, including best new director and best screenplay (2000). Post Mortem was also recognized at the Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal (1999), where it won the award for best director, by the Association Québécoise des Critiques de Cinéma (AQCC, 1999), which named it best feature, and by the Critique Internationale jury (FIPRESCI), who gave it a special mention.
In 2001, in collaboration with Isabelle Hébert, Bélanger directed Lauzon Lauzone, a feature-length documentary. His second feature-length drama, Gaz Bar Blues, which he wrote and directed, opened the Festival des Films du Monde in 2003, and also won numerous awards there. It also won the Prix de la Presse at the Festival du Film de Paris, as well as earning a Genie nomination in 2004. His latest feature, Le génie du crime, an adaptation of the play, Criminal Genius, by George F. Walker, was released in the fall of 2006.
In the fall of 2009, his latest feature film, The Timekeeper, was being shown in movie theatres all across Quebec. In 2010, Route 132 marks the beginning of a productive collaboration with Alexis Martin, co-writer and actor of this road movie. This collaboration will also give birth to a documentary on journalism directed by Louis Bélanger entitled Louis Martin: journalist. Alexis and Louis are now working on their second feature as co-writers, Les mauvaises herbes.
Bélanger is currently writing a new fictional feature, with the working title Vivre à cent mille à l'heure (Living at 100 Miles an Hour).
Véro Boncompagni, 2003