The memory of Québec cinema pioneer Gilles Carle was celebrated on December 5 at Notre Dame Basilica in Montréal. Attending were his wife, Chloé Sainte-Marie, and several personalities from the artistic and political communities, including Premier Jean Charest.
“Gilles Carle was one of Québec’s most influential filmmakers, a man renowned for his immense talent and recognized the world over,” said Mr. Charest.
Gilles Carle’s eclectic body of work explores a variety of genres, including fiction, documentaries and advertising. He also created the sweeping televised historical series Épopée en Amérique (1997-1998) and the mega-production Les Plouffe (1981). Through the thirty films he directed, he succeeded in striking a balance between audiences and critics to win local and international acclaim.
The Québec government recognized Gilles Carle’s contribution to Québec filmmaking by honouring him with the Albert-Tessier Award in 1990. He was also appointed Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2007.
He died on November 28 at the age of 81.