Michel Brault (Canada)

Michel Brault (born in 1928 in Montreal) is a Quebec cinematographer, cameraman, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His name appears in the credits of more than two hundred productions. Brault is a leading figure of Direct Cinema, characteristic of the French branch of the National Film Board of Canada in the 1960s.In 1956, Michel Brault joined the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada and two years later he made together with Gilles Groulx Les Raquetteurs, a film that had a decisive influence on NFB's french section in question of engaging in Direct Cinema movement.
As a cinematographer Brault was a pioneer of the hand-held camera aesthetic and collaborated with number of film directors from both North America and Europe, for example: Jean Rouch, Mario Ruspoli, Claude Jutra, Philippe de Broca, Dick Pearce or Czech director Vojtech Jasný, with whom he worked on children´s fantasy The Great Land of Small (1986).
For the whole of his works, Michel Brault received the Victor-Morin Award (Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal) in 1975, the Molson Award ( Canada Arts Council) in 1980, and the Governor-general's Award in 1996.


  • Les Raquetteurs/ The Snowshoers - together with Gilles Groulx
    15´, Canada, 1958
  • La lutte
    28´, Canada, 1961
  • Québec-U.S.A. ou L'invasion pacifique
    27´, Canada, 1962
  • Les enfants du silence
    24´, Canada, 1962
  • Pour la suite du monde - together with Pierre Perrault
    105´, Canada, 1963
  • Le temps perdu
    27´, Canada, 1964
  • Geneviève
    28´, Canada, 1964
  • La fleur de l'âge, ou Les adolescentes
    80´, Canada/Italy/France/Japan, 1964
  • Entre la mer et l'eau douce
    85´, Canada, 1967
  • Les enfants de Néant
    45´, France/Canada, 1968
  • Le beau plaisir
    15´, Canada, 1968
  • Éloge du chiac
    27´, Canada, 1969
  • L'acadie, l'Acadie - together with Pierre Perrault
    117´, Canada, 1971
  • Les ordres
    109´, Canada, 1974
  • A Freedom to Move
    23´, Canada, 1985
  • Les noces de papier
    95´, Canada, 1989
  • Montréal vu par... (125´, Canada, 1991) - segment director
  • Shabbot Shalom
    Canada, 1994
  • Mon amie Max
    106´, Canada/France, 1994
  • Ozias Leduc, comme l'espace et le temps
    63´, Canada, 1996
  • Quand je serai parti... vous vivrez encore
    120´, Canada, 1999

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