Louis Bélanger

Director and Screenwriter

Biography

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).

Filmography

2011

Louis Martin: journaliste
Medium-Length Drama, HD,
Radio-Canada

2010

Route 132
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Cinémaginaire

2009

The Timekeeper
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm cinémascope, Coop Vidéo

2006

Le génie du crime
Feature-Length Drama, Video HD to 35mm, Lycaon Pictus / ONF

Les 4 coins
Television Series, 1 x 30 min., Productions les 4 coins / SRC

2005

Lies and Deception
Made-for-TV Movie, J.B. Media / Cypress Point / TMN / Lifetime / Super Écran

La chambre no. 13
Television Series, 1 x 30 min., Productions des Années Lumières / SRC

2003

Gaz Bar Blues
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Coop Vidéo

View of Terror
Made-for-TV Movie, J.B. Media / TMN / Hearst Entertainment

2000

Lauzon Lauzone
Feature-Length Documentary, Video, Lyla Films

1999

Post Mortem
Feature-Length Drama, Super 16mm to 35mm, Coop Vidéo

1992

Les 14 définitions de la pluie
Dramatic Short, Video, Co-Director: Denis Chouinard, Les Houblonneurs Unis / Coop Vidéo

1991

Les galeries Wilderton
Dramatic Short, Video, Co-Director: Bruno Baillargeon, Coop Vidéo

1990

Le soleil et ses traces
Dramatic Short, Video, Co-Director: Denis Chouinard, Les Houblonneurs Unis / Coop Vidéo

1987

Dogmatisme ou le songe d'Adrien
Dramatic Short, Video, Co-Director: Denis Chouinard, Les Houblonneurs Unis

Screenwriter's Filmography



1999

15 rue des Bains
Made-for-TV Movie, Director: Nicolas Wadimoff, Productions Caravan (Geneva) / ARTE (Paris) / TSR (Geneva)

1998

Mondialito
Feature, 35mm, Director: Nicolas Wadimoff, Productions Caravan (Geneva)

Script Consultant's Filmography



1999

L'ange de Goudron
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Writer-Director: Denis Chouinard, Max Films

1996

L'homme de l'air
Collective Work, Coop Vidéo

Clandestins
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Writers-Directors: Denis Chouinard and Nicolas Wadimoff
Les Productions du Regard / Dschoint Ventschr

1994

Karmina
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Screenplay: Ann Burke, Gabriel Pelletier, Anne Pelletier and Yves Pelletier, Lux Films

1993

Windigo
Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Writer-Director: Robert Morin, Lux Films

1991

Requiem pour un beau
sans-coeur

Feature-Length Drama, 35mm, Writer-Director: Robert Morin, Coop Vidéo, Lux Films


Mentions

2006

Métier réalisation
Textes et entretiens sous la direction de Bruno Carrière, éd. Les 400 coups (Montréal, Canada)
Quatre membres sélectionnés pour participer à la publication : Louis Bélanger, Bernard Émond, Catherine Martin, Robert Morin

Véro Boncompagni, 2003