Jean Pierre Lefebvre
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Jean Pierre Lefebvre

Jean Pierre Lefebvre
Born (1941-08-17) 17 August 1941 (age 78)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationFilm director
Years active1965-present

Jean Pierre Lefebvre (French: [ pj l?f?v?]; born 17 August 1941) is a French Canadian filmmaker. He is widely admired as "the godfather of independent Canadian cinema," particularly among young, independent filmmakers.[1]


Jean Pierre Lefebvre studied literature at the University of Montréal and taught for two years at the Jesuit-run Loyola College in Montreal (now part of Concordia University). He began writing as a film critic, first for Quartier Latin, then for Séquences and Objectif.[2] He directed his first film, a short drama, then three independent features. He joined the National Film Board of Canada and made two films, including the 1968 feature Mon amie Pierrette, co-starring Raôul Duguay and produced by Clément Perron.[3] Lefebvre was then asked to head the NFB's French-language fiction studio. He began its Premières Oeuvres series, designed to make low-budget shorts and features. Four features and a number of shorts were produced within a year before the initiative was terminated, and Lefebvre left to form his own production company, Cinak, with his wife and editor, Marguerite Duparc. He writes and produces all his own films.[4]

Lefebvre was one of the first Canadian filmmakers to receive international acclaim for his work; his film Don't Let It Kill You (Il ne faut pas mourir pour ça) (1967) was the first Canadian film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival.[4] He proved to be successful again at Cannes when he received the International Critics' Prize for Les fleurs sauvages (1982) and his film Le jour S... (1984) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section.[5]Les dernières fiançailles (1973) won the prestigious Prix de l'Organisation catholique internationale du cinéma in 1974.

Il ne faut pas mourir pour ça (1967), Le Vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort (1977), and Aujourd'hui ou jamais (1997) make up his Abel Trilogy; three feature films starring the recurring character of Abel Gagné played by Marcel Sabourin [fr].

In 1991, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his innovative and high-quality feature films".[6] In 1995 he was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier. In 2013, Lefebvre received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award.[7]



Other Work

  • L'homoman (Short film, 1964)
  • Au rythme de mon coeur! (Documentary, 1983)
  • Alfred Laliberté sculpteur (Documentary, 1987)
  • Ensemble (Video, 1988)
  • Sentiers secrets (Video, 1988)
  • Laubach Literacy of Canada: The Changing Workplace (Documentary short, 1989)
  • Atelier altitude (Short film, 1993)
  • Il était une fois Sabrina et Manu (Short film, 1994)
  • L'âge des images (Series of 5 videos, 1994-1995)
  • H comme hasard (Short film, 1999) (Part of the collective anthology project Un abécédaire)
  • See you in Toronto (Short film, 2000)
  • Le manuscript érotique (TV movie, 2002)


  1. ^ "Jean-Pierre Lefebvre - Northern Stars". Archived from the original on 27 November 2010.
  2. ^ Morris, Peter (1984). The Film Companion. Toronto: Irwin Publishing. pp. 176-177. ISBN 0 7725 1505 0.
  3. ^ "Mon amie Pierrette" (Requires Adobe Flash). Online film (in French). National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Canadian Film Encyclopedia - Jean Pierre Lefebvre". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Le jour S..."
  6. ^ Order of Canada citation
  7. ^ Governor General's Performing Arts Awards - Award Recipients

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