Jean Beaudin has been active in filmmaking since the 1970s. His many achievements include directing J.A. Martin, Photographer (1976), one of Quebec’s most widely acclaimed films internationally. He also directed the immensely popular The Alley Cat (1985).
He joined the NFB in 1964 after studying fine art in Montreal and Zurich. He initially worked in the animation studio and subsequently directed educational films. He became increasingly drawn to fiction, but his first attempts in that genre were not entirely conclusive (Vertige, 1969; Stop, 1971). In the private sector, he directed The Possession of Virginia (1972), a B movie that weaves eroticism and the supernatural into a detective story. The film was not well received. When he returned to the NFB to make a few short and medium-length fiction films, his cinematic vision began to truly take shape. In such works as Par une belle nuit d’hiver (1974) and Dear Theo (1975), he was able to explore his penchant for intimate dramas… read more