Denys Arcand is an Academy Award-winning director, writer, and producer from Canada. He won the Academy Award for The Barbarian Invasions which released in 2004. It was a sex comedy-drama with stars like Rémy Girard, Marie-Josée Croze, and Stéphane Rousseau. The film was also nominated for the Best Original Screenplay in the Academy Awards. Denys’s native language is French.
Denys Arcand’s Early Life
Denys was born 25th of June, 1949, in Deschambault, Quebec, Canada. He grew up with his three siblings Gabriel Arcand, Bernard Arcand and Suzanne Arcand in a Roman Catholic home. He always wanted to be a professional tennis player throughout his childhood. After living in a small village for the formative years of his life, he moved to Montreal with his family when he was a teenager.
Denys went to Jesuit School when he was small. He left that school because his family moved to Montreal. He did his under graduation studies in Montreal. After that, he did a Master’s degree at the Université de Montréal in history. While he was at the university, he developed the passion for cinema and decided to be a filmmaker rather than becoming a professional tennis player. He got so hooked by the cinema that he along with his friends, used to travel to New York frequently to watch European films that did not release in Quebec.
Denys started his career as a filmmaker while he was still a university student. He co-directed and co-wrote his first film Alone or with Others which came out in 1962. He collaborated with Denis Héroux in direction and with Stéphane Venne in writing. While he was a part of National Film Board (NFB) which he joined in 1963, he made On est au coton, a full-length documentary feature-length on the textile industry in 1970. The documentary exposed the exploitation of the textile workers in the industry. The authority did not allow its public release for six years. However, he went ahead to make numerous award-winning documentaries in the future. He left the National Film Board for the private sector.
Denys Arcand’s Career
Denys has worked as a film director, writer, and producer. He is has made numerous short films, documentaries and feature films. He has directed films in both English and French.
Career as a Director
In his early years as a director, Denys made several short films and documentaries. Ten years after the release of his first film, he made another feature film called La maudite galette in 1972. He has also directed six episodes of a TV mini-series called Empire, Inc. which aired in 1985. Three years before that, he won the Best Film prize from the Quebec Film Critics’ Association for his documentary Le confort et l’indifférence in 1982.
In 1986, his film Le Déclin de l’empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire) made a record as the highest grossing film in Canadianian film history. It gathered all the major awards including best director, best writer, best original screenplay and of course best film at the Canadian Genie Awards. It made another history by being the first film from Canada to be nominated for the Academy Awards under Best Foreign Film category. The film was also well-received in the international film circle winning the “International Critics Prize” at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1989, he directed Jesus of Montreal which again won all those three Genie awards. The film was awarded the “Jury Prize” at the Cannes Film Festival. It again got a nomination for the Academy Awards which made him the first Canadian director to with two Academy Award nominations in the history of Canadian cinema. In 2004, he directed the Academy Award-winning film The Barbarian Invasions. It received numerous awards around the world and the critics and the audience loved it.
Career as a Writer
Denys has more than 22 credits as a writer to date. He has won numerous awards and nominations as a screenplay writer including the Academy Awards, the Canadian Genie Awards, and the prestigious European Film Awards. He has written almost every film that he has directed.
Career as a Producer
Denys has produced few films. He is more comfortable with writing and directing films rather than producing them. However, in 1993 he produced his directorial venture Love and Human Remains. He also produced his another English Language film Stardom which released in 2000. The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Denys Arcand’s Personal Life
Denys is married to Denise Robert, a film producer from Canada. She is currently working as the President of Cinémaginaire with Daniel Louis. She has produced many of Denys’s films. They don’t have a child of their own. They have adopted an orphan from China. Her name is Mingxia.
Denys is available on twitter. However, he does not tweet frequently. He has about 6000 followers on his twitter account. He is not available on Facebook or Instagram. However, people can find his information in his IMDB and Wikipedia page.
Denys Arcand Net Worth
Denys has worked as a writer and director throughout his life. Even though he did not see films as a business, he has managed to make a handsome amount for himself. His net worth is $77, million till 2016.