When one thinks of Canadian directors, David Cronenberg immediately comes to mind. Cronenberg has been listed on more 'Best Director' lists than you can imagine, and he earned his spot on each and every one. The Toronto-born director made himself a name as the 'King Of Venereal Horror' with movies such as 'Dead Ringers' and 'The Brood.' Cronenberg has directed some of Hollywood's most elite actors such as Viggo Mortenson, Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore. In addition to being made an Officer of the Order of Canada, Cronenberg also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.
There is no doubt that James Cameron is one of Canada's most commercially successful directors of all time. The Ontario- born director has been behind such huge hits as 'Terminator', 'Aliens' and 'True Lies', but it was 'Titanic' that earned him 3 Academy Award nominations; Best Director, Best Picture and Film Editing, of which he won all. Cameron's sci-fi epic 'Avatar' also smashed box office records, topping Titanic's earnings to become the highest grossing film of all time. Cameron is currently working on a sequel to 'Avatar' scheduled to hit theatres in late 2017.
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Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct the sequel to Blade Runner. The Quebec born director has been nominated for an Oscar for his film 'Incendies' and was the director on the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal thriller 'Prisoners'. His latest film, 'Sicario', stars Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin and is due to hit theatres in September
Atom Egoyan is one of Canada's most well- known directors. He first earned critical acclaim for his movie 'The Sweet Hereafter', which earned him two Academy Award nominations - one for Best Director and one for Best Adapted Screenplay. Egoyan directed Reese Witherspoon in 2013's 'The Devil's Knot' and will release 'Remember' this year, starring Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer.
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The Quebec-born Vallée began making short films before moving on to feature-length. Vallée has directed French-language films, as well as big Hollywood movies. His 2011 movie 'Café de Flore' earned 13 Genie Award nominations, while 2014's 'Dallas Buyers Club' earned him an Oscar nod for Best Film Editing. He most recently directed Reese Witherspoon in last year's acclaimed film 'Wild.'
Montreal born director Shawn Levy has certainly seen his share of big screen success. Directing films such as all 3 'Night At The Museum' films 'Real Steel' and 'The Internship', and more recently 'This Is Where I Leave You' and 'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day' Levy is one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in the past 10 years. His films have grossed over $2billion at the box office world wide.
Sarah Polley became a household name in Canada as an actor, but her transition from in front of the camera to behind it has been equally noteworthy. Polley's feature film directorial debut, titled 'Away From Her', not only won her a Genie award for Best Achievement in Directing, but also earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Polley is currently writing and directing an adaptation of John Green's book 'Looking For Alaska.'
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Born in Czechoslovakia, Reitman moved to Canada as a young boy. Reitman's first work on commercial films were as producer on two of David Cronenberg's films. Reitman went on to become a sought after director after helming such movies as 'Meatballs', 'Stripes', 'Ghostbusters' and 'Kindergarten Cop.' Reitman was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and is also father to accomplished director Jason Reitman.
Jason Reitman was born in Montreal but holds dual Canadian/American citizenship. He's the son of Ivan Reitman and has said he learned the process of filmmaking through spending time in the editing rooms of his father's movies. His first feature film was 'Thank You For Smoking', which he followed up with the critically acclaimed 'Juno' as well as 'Up In The Air' and the recent 'Men, Women and Children.' Reitman has twice been nominated by The Academy for Best Director and has earned scores of other nominations and wins for his body of work.
Xavier Dolan Pens Letter To Netflix UK On Aspect Ratio
Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" is very well a masterpiece. And a big part of its praise comes from its particular aspect ratio of the film that zeros in on certain emotions. Dolan presents the movie in a 1:1 square, that shows certain characters self-containment. At other points it goes to 1.85:1 that highlight a life changing moment. But since featured on Netflix UK, subscribers did not see this important film work which has led Dolan to write an open letter simply stating: "Who has bestowed on you the right to revise my choices, and how competently have you pondered the impact of such decisions on my film and the public?...You did not direct this movie. You did not write this movie. You did not produce this movie. So can anyone or anything expect me warrant the liberty you took upon my work? No."
Toronto-born Jewison has been behind such films as 'In The Heat of The Night', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', Fiddler on the Roof', 'Moonstruck', and 'Agnes of God'. Jewison often addressed racial or political themes in his movies, something he never shied away from and became known for. He is one of Canada and Hollywood's most respected and well known directors, with his films receiving 45 Academy Award nominations and 4 for himself personally.
Denys Arcand is quite possibly the most decorated Quebec- born director of all time. He won the Academy Award in 2004 for Best Foreign Film for 'The Barbarian Invasions', which also earned Arcand a nomination for Best Screenplay. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada as well as a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He also has a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame.
Deepa Mehta was born and raised in India but moved to Canada in 1973 after marrying Canadian documentarian Paul Saltzman. The director has earned international acclaim for her movies, most notably her Elements trilogy of Fire, Earth and Water.