The daughter of famous Canadian director, writer, producer Manon Barbeau and cinematographer Philippe Lavalette, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is a very prominent filmmaker from Canada. The subject of her first feature film was a 12-year-old child in the Montreal neighborhood. After that, she has made one feature which is considered her best work to date. Rather than making glossy movies, Barbeau-Lavalette travels all over the world studying for and shooting her documentary projects. She has been nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Drama.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Early Life
- 1 Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Early Life
- 2 Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Career
- 3 Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Personal Life
- 4 Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette Net Worth
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette was born on the 8th of February 1979, in Montreal. She was born in the house of the filmmakers Manon Barbeau and Philippe Lavalette. Her mother is a famous film director, writer, and producer. She is also the general director of Wapikoni Mobile, an organization that supports the Aboriginal youth to make films and documentaries. Her father Philippe works as a cinematographer. He has been nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography. Her maternal grandfather Marcel Barbeau was a famous painter and sculptor of his time. Anais grew up and studied in the west bank area. She started developing the passion for films due to the family environment, her parents’ influence, and her own nature.
After graduating form school, Barbeau-Lavalette went to the Université de Montréal, where she studied International Studies. After that, she studied Film Production at the INIS. She also went to Ramallah, Palestine to continue her further studies at Birzeit University .
By the age of 19, Barbeau-Lavalette had finished her first documentary. It was titled Les Petits princes des bidonvilles and was released in the year 2000. She actually started as a child actress. She acted in the series Le Club des 100 Watts and À nous deux! Later, she left acting and rather focused on making documentaries and feature films.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Career
Barbeau-Lavalette has multiple careers. But most of all, she is a documentary director. She has made numerous documentaries and a couple of fiction feature films. She has also written a novel.
Career as a Documentary Filmmaker
Barbeau-Lavalette started her career in films as a documentary filmmaker. She made few full-length documentaries, TV series documentaries and TV film documentaries in her early career. She still makes documentaries, her latest work is Le Plancher des vaches which released in 2015. Two years after the release of her first full-length documentary Les Petits princes des Bidonvilles, she joined Odyssée du voluntarist, the United Nation’s Volunteers’ Odyssey representing Canada. Throughout the journey around the globe, she made 15 short documentaries on the theme of volunteerism which garnered her the experience and knowledge in the field of documentary filmmaking. Her most noteworthy works are the Tap-Tap, which was about the Montreal’s Haitian community and Se souvenir des cendres – Regards sur Incendies.
Career as a Feature Film Director
After making numerous short, full length and TV series documentaries, Barbeau-Lavalette finally debuted as a feature film director in the year 2007. Her first film, The Ring garnered her appreciations from critics and audience. She went on making more documentaries before she made her second and her best work to date, Inch’Allah which released in 2012.
Career as a Short Film Director
Besides documentaries and feature films, Barbaeu-Lavalette has also directed some very good short films. The list of her short films includes Take Me (2014), Sept heures trois fois par année (2012) and Ina Litovski (2012). In addition to that, she made fifteen short films during her tour as a member of the United Nation’s Volunteers’ Odyssey.
Career as a Writer
Barbeau-Lavalette is also a film writer and a novelist. She has written almost every short film, documentary, and feature that she has directed. Only her feature debut, The Ring was written by Renée Beaulieu. She has also written a novel titled Je voudrais qu’on m’efface based on some characters of The Ring. which was published in the year in 2010.
Barbeau-Lavalette also works for her mother’s organization, the Wapikoni Mobile. She is an active member of the audiovisual adventure. This provides her with the opportunity of directing video clips for various musicians and singers. She has worked with the Canadian singers Catherine Major and Thomas Hellman. She has also directed videos for the hip hop artists Samian and Dramatik. Barbeau-Lavalette is associated with the 21st-century Canadian novelists. She is also a member of Canadian novelists in French and Canadian women screenwriters.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Personal Life
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is the granddaughter of the famous sculptor and the first non-figurative painters in Canada, Marcel Barbeau and poet Suzanne Meloche. She shares a very warm relationship with her parents, both of whom are filmmakers. She works in her mother’s organization, the Wapikoni Mobile which makes their bond as a family even stronger.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette has been dating Émile Proulx-Cloutier. They have been in a romantic relationship for a long period of time. Proulx-Cloutier is also a director, writer, composer and actor from Monreal, Canada.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is not very active on her personal social networking sites. She does not have an authorized Facebook page or an Instagram account due to which it is difficult to follow her. However, people can reach her through the social sites of her films and productions. She does not have a Facebook page or an Instagram account.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette Net Worth
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette has been working as a short film, documentary, and feature filmmaker since the beginning of the millennium. Her estimated net worth is $50, thousand.