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André Forcier is not a filmmaker who makes compromises. Since his beginnings, some 30 years ago, his vision of filmmaking has been extreme, oscillating between what is funny, absurd, and imaginary. He is a man who takes risks, who upsets the balance of things in order to create images no one before him has been able to create.
At the age of 19, André Forcier directed a short film entitled Chroniques Labradoriennes (1967). The film premiered at the Montreal Expo ’67 Youth Pavilion, and the picture immediately became a “film-maker’s film” in the Montreal cinematic community. With his first feature, Le Retour de L’Immaculée Conception [The Return of the Immaculate Conception] (1971), Forcier forged a unique place for himself in Quebec cinema with his distinctive personal vision.
In 1973, he directed Bar Salon for which Forcier was awarded the “Silver Mermaid” at the Sorrento Film Festival in Italy. Next came L’Eau Chaude L’Eau Frette [A Pacemaker and a Sidecar] (1976). Selected for the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes in 1976, this film also won Le Grand Prix de la Presse given by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the Chamrousse Film Festival in France. Chamrousse is the most important film festival devoted to humorous films.
His Au Clair de la Lune [In the Light of the Moon] debuted in 1982, and was awarded Best Quebec Film by the Institut Québécois du Cinéma. Au Clair de la Lune is considered a cult classic and is the subject of study in Quebec Middle Schools. The next feature, Kalamazoo, garnished Best Quebecois Film by the Quebec Film Critics Association. Actress Marie Tifo was awarded the “Prix Guy L’Écuyer” given to the best actor or actress of the year. Une Histoire Inventée [An Imaginary Tale] (1990) received two awards at the Montreal World Film Festival: The Air Canada Prize for the Most Popular Film and the prize of the Best Canadian Film. It received also the prize for the Best Canadian Film at the Sudbury Film Festival. Finally, Une Histoire Inventée was also given the prestigious honor of being selected to be the opening film at Cannes Director’s Fortnight in 1991.
Le Vent du Wyoming [A Wind from Wyoming] (1994) was also in official competition at the Montreal World Film Festival and Forcier once again won two prizes: The Grand Prix de la Presse given by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) as well as the prize for the Best Canadian Film. In 1995, A Wind from Wyoming won Le Grand Prix de la Ville de Sarlat at the Sarlat Film Festival in France. At the 1995 edition of the annual Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, honoring Quebec Films, Le Vent du Wyoming received the SARDeC Award for Best Script, and Sarah-Jeanne Salvy was honored with the Prix Luce-Guilbeault for Best Young Actress. The 7th Arsenal Film Festival in Riga, Latvia recently selected Le Vent du Wyoming as one of the 6 Best Canadian Films of the 90’s, in September 1998.
La Comtesse de Baton Rouge [The Countess of Baton Rouge] (1997), was the opening film of the Montreal International Festival of Cinema and New Media. One of the most honored films of the year, Comtesse received 10 Genie Award nominations (Canada, 1997).
Acapulco Gold, (2004) an independent production shot in digital, was selected at the Toronto Film Festival, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal and Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. In his first film of the new millennium, Forcier has crafted a tale filled with charismatic eccentrics, exotic locations and tabloid sensationalism. Acapulco Gold combines the quirkiness of Quebec with Hollywood hype on a wild ride that highlights Elvis, narcolepsy, spirituality, paternity and tree trimming.
Forcier's latest work The United States of Albert (2005) reflects Forcier’s adventurous spirit and charm as it chronicles the travels of our hero – Albert in the rugged American West of the 1920’s. André Forcier will be our guide on this poignant escapade through the untamed American West.
Forcier has been recognized as one of Canada’s premiere screenwriter/directors. His films have gained cult status among moviegoers, film critics, and festival directors alike. The vastly humorous dimensions of his films, which uniquely reflect Forcier’s urban working class culture have been praised for their universal humanity and humorously wicked satire.
1967 CHRONIQUES LABRADORIENNES Short film 16mm/color and B&W Scriptwriter, Director Production - Les Films André Forcier
1971 LE RETOUR DE L'IMMACULÉE CONCEPTION Feature film 16mm/B&W Scriptwriter, Director Production - Les Films André Forcier « One of the Best 10 films ever chosen by critics » – La Presse, 1989
1973 BAR SALON Feature film 35mm, B&W Coscriptwriter, Director Coproduction - Les Productions André Forcier - Les Ateliers du cinéma québécois
1974 NIGHT CAP Short film 16mm/Color Scriptwriter, Director Production – National Film Board of Canada
1976 L'EAU CHAUDE L'EAU FRETTE Feature Film 35mm/Color Coscriptwriter, Director Coproduction - Les Productions André Forcier inc. - ACPAV PRIZES/HONORS : OFFICIAL SELECTION, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, 1976
GRAND PRIX DE LA PRESSE – International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Festival du film d’humour, Chamrousse, France, 1978
1983 AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE Feature film 35mm/Color Coscripwriter, Director Production - Les Productions Albinie inc. - National Film Board of Canada Canada PRIZES/HONORS: BEST QUEBEC FILM Institut Québécois du Cinéma, 1983
1987 KALAMAZOO Feature film 35mm/Color Coscriptwriter, Director Production - Les ateliers du cinéma québécois - Office national du film du Canada PRIZES/HONORS: L.E. OUIMET MOLSON AWARD FOR BEST FILM Quebec Critic’s Association, 1988 Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma,1988 PRIX GUY-L'ÉCUYER Best Performance by an actor or an actress, awarded to Marie Tifo, 1988
1990 UNE HISTOIRE INVENTÉE Feature Film 35mm/color Coscriptwriter, Director Production - Les Films C.M. Luca - Groupe Téléscène inc. PRIZES/HONORS: Air Canada (most popular Film) Montreal World Film Festival, 1990 Best Canadian Film Award Montreal World Film Festival, 1990 Best Canadian Film Cinefest, Sudbury, 1990 Canadian selection for the for the “Best Foreign-Language Film” Academy Award. Opening Film – Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, 1991
1994 LE VENT DU WYOMING Feature film 35mm/color Scriptwriter, Director Production - Les Productions E.G.M. - Transfilm Inc., Eiffel Films, 1994 PRIZES/HONORS: Grand Prix de la Presse - International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Montreal World Film Festival 1994 Best Canadian Film Award Montreal World Film Festival, 1994 Grand Prix de la ville de Sarlat, Sarlat Film Festival, France, 1995 SARDeC Award for Best Script – Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, 1995 Prix Luce-Guilbeault for Best Young Actress – awarded to Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, 1995
1997 LA COMTESSE DE BATON ROUGE Feature film 35mm/color Scriptwriter, Director Production - Studio Max-Film (Montreal)
2002 GUMB-OH LA! LA! Serie of 13 portraits Coscriptwriter, Director Production – Télé-Vision pour TV5
2004 ACAPULCO GOLD Digital betacam/color Scriptwriter, Director, Producer Production: Les Films du Paria Inc. – Les Films de la Rue Marquette, Reflight, 2004 Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival Official selection: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal
2003 LES ÉTATS-UNIS D’ALBERT Feature film 35mm/color Scriptwriter, Director Production: Productions Thalie (Canada) /Kien Production (France), Bohemian Production(Switzerland)
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