13 Facts About Denys Arcand


Georges-Henri Denys Arcand is a French Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer.


Denys Arcand's films have been nominated three further times, including two nominations in the same category for The Decline of the American Empire in 1986 and Jesus of Montreal in 1989, becoming the only French-Canadian director in history whose films have received this number of nominations and, subsequently, to have a film win the award.


Denys Arcand won three Cesar Awards in 2004 for The Barbarian Invasions: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film, the only Canadian director to have done so.


Denys Arcand worked on some television series, notably Duplessis, a historical work he wrote about Premier Maurice Duplessis.


Denys Arcand returned to directing documentaries and did no work for television.


Three years later Denys Arcand repeated this award-garnering performance with his widely acclaimed 1989 film Jesus of Montreal winning the same three Genie awards, plus the Jury Prize at Cannes.


Denys Arcand produced and directed his first English language film in 1993, titled Love and Human Remains, and did so again in 2000, with the film Stardom, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival.


Denys Arcand then spent two years writing the script for what many claim is his finest piece of cinematic writing to date, The Barbarian Invasions.


Denys Arcand finally earned from his home province one of its highest distinctions, the title of Knight of the National Order of Quebec, in 1990.


In 1995, Mr Denys Arcand received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.


In 2004, Denys Arcand was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.


Denys Arcand is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.


Denys Arcand was 55 years old when they adopted an orphaned baby boy from China named Carter.