Born in Shanghai and trained in England at the London School of Film Technique, Francis Mankiewicz split his career between Montreal and Toronto, directing remarkable personal films and indifferent commercial productions.
Mankiewicz directed his first feature in 1972: Le temps d’une chasse, for the National Film Board. The story of three working-class men (Guy L’Écuyer, Sabourin and Dufresne) who go on a hunting trip, bringing along the young son (Olivier L’Écuyer) of one of the men, is a subtle but powerful study in French-Canadian masculinity. Indulging in alcohol, exchanging braggart stories, sexually harassing waitresses at a bar, and teasing, insulting and challenging one another, the three adults unwittingly expose the flaws and myths of Québécois manhood to the boy, who silently observes the collapse of one myth after another. Far superior to Pierre Perrault’s documentary on a similar subject, La bête lumineuse (1982), the film revealed a major talent that reached its… read more