September 23, 2013
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Toronto Star: Quebec film legend Michel Brault, known for cinéma-vérité style, dies
September 22, 2013 - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Michel Brault, a Quebec cinematographer, cameraman, film director, screenwriter and film producer, died Saturday of a heart attack while he was enroute to Huntsville to receive a lifetime achievement award.
Acclaimed Quebec filmmaker Michel Brault, in the midst of weekend honours for his influential work as both director and cinematographer, has died at age 85.
Brault succumbed to a heart attack Saturday afternoon while travelling on Highway 400 to the Film North festival in Huntsville, Ont. He was to receive the Bull''s Eye Lifetime Achievement Award for an award-winning career that included directing the 1974 October Crisis docudrama Les ordres and lensing the 1971 coming-of-age drama Mon oncle Antoine.
Festival founder Lucy Wing praised Brault as "a champion of Canadian cinema and among Canada''s short list of trailblazing filmmakers of the 20th century."
Brault, known for his cinéma-vérité style of realistic filmmaking, has also been credited as a major influence on the Prisonerskidnap thriller Prisoners, the current No. 1 film at the North American box office.
Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, a fellow Quebecer, told the Star during the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month that he thought of Brault while making his film, which stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
"There''s inner strength - kind of Nordic strength ó and calm in his work,"Villeneuve said.
"When I was designing the shots for Prisoners, I was thinking of Michel Brault. There''s a lot of confidence and simplicity and strength in his work, and a lot of ambition at the same time. Iím trying to reach that same kind of simplicity. Hollywood is a tough task, but as long as I can keep my identity and my signature, the rest is not important."
By: Peter Howell Movie Critic, Published on Sun Sep 22 2013. Explore This Story