Rodrigue Jean

Dance, theatre, film… director-writer-producer Rodrigue Jean’s experience in the arts is rich and varied. After studies in biology, sociology and literature, he concentrated on dance before making his first short film, La Déroute, in 1989.

He then moved to London to train in choreography and directing, and on his return made two documentaries: La Voix des rivières (Telefilm Canada award for Best Canadian Short at FICFA) and La Mémoire de l’eau, a prizewinner at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. Two popular and critically acclaimed dramatic features came next: Full Blast (Special Jury Citation, TIFF, 1999), and Yellowknife (Best Quebec Film of 2002 as chosen by critics). The documentary Living on the Edge (2005) pays tribute to his Acadian roots, focussing on the poetry of Gérald Leblanc. With Lost Song, his third feature-length fiction, Rodrigue Jean won Best Canadian Feature at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.