Iconic Montreal filmmaker Harry Gulkin passed away Monday morning following a brief bout of pneumonia, reports the Montreal Gazette. He was 90.
An important figure in Canadian cinema, Gulkin was producer of such iconic Canadian features as 1975’s “Lies My Father Told Me” and 1978’s “Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang”, based on Mordechai Richler’s children’s novel.
In addition, Gulkin served as president and chair of the Canadian Film Institute and vice-president of the Cinematheque quebecoise, and in 2008 was honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television with a special Genie Award, recognizing him as “a person of outstanding vision and merit, who has built through his love of film a stronger and more vibrant film community.”
Gulkin was the surprising figure at the centre of Sarah Polley’s 2012 documentary “Stories We Tell”, in which he was revealed to be her biological father.
Gulkin was also the subject of an earlier documentary, the National Film Board of Canada-produced “Harry Gulkin: Red Dawn on Main Street”.
“I’ve had some great times in my life,” Gulkin once said, per the Gazette. “In retrospect, the best times I had go back to my early years, when I was a union organizer and I was sailing the seas. Those were fulfilled moments. I had that level of conviction and belief that you could never have again, that you could only have when you’re very young, when you believe you’re a romantic figure doing the right thing for yourself and for society.”