Often referred to as Quebec cinema’s enfant terrible, the director-writer André Forcier is one of the best talents of his generation of Québécois filmmakers. Although he has produced relatively few films (eight features in 32 years), Forcier is widely regarded as an important figure in Canadian cinema: “the vitality of the Quebec film scene depends on regular booster shots from [Forcier],” extols Take One’s Essential Guide to Canadian Film.
Forcier became interested in film while studying classics at college. His first 8mm film, La mort vue par… won a Radio-Canada contest. Buoyed by this success, he financed and produced his first 16mm film, Chroniques labradoriennes (1967), using the facilities of Onyx Films. A number of years passed before Forcier completed his feature debut Le retour de l’Immaculée Conception (1971), which was filmed in black and white. His next film, Bar salon (1973), also shot in black and white, was Forcier’s first real critical success. Yet, it was only… read more