Saturday, November 28, 2009

RIP Gilles Carle

Celebrated Canadian filmmaker Gilles Carle dies at 80 in Quebec

Gilles Carle, one of Quebec's most celebrated filmmakers, has died. He was 80. His common-law wife says Carle died early Saturday November 28th in a hospital in Granby, Quebec. Carle had been battling Parkinson's disease for the past few years and was recently hospitalized following a heart attack and complications from pneumonia.

The filmmaker was born in Maniwaki, Quebec on July 31, 1929 and grew up in Abitibi before moving to Montreal in 1940. He made some 30 films in over his decades long career and won dozens of awards including the Palme d'Or for the short film 50 ans (50 Years), in 1990. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1999.

Gilles Carle scripted and directed two Euro-westerns for TV "Blood of the Hunter" starring Michael Biehn and "The Other Side of the Law" starring Jurgen Prochnow both in 1994

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