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Claude Jutra

Claude Jutra (March 11, 1930 - November 5, 1986) was a Quebec actor, film director and writer. The Prix Jutra are named in his honor because of his importance in Quebec cinema history.

Claude Jutra was born in Montreal, Quebec and studied to be a doctor before turning to his first love, the cinema. In 1954 he went to work at the National Film Board of Canada where he trained in all facets of filmmaking. In 1958 he went to France to work with François Truffaut and Jean Rouch.

With financing and production provided by the National Film Board of Canada, Jutra co-wrote and directed the acclaimed 1971 film Mon oncle Antoine. He also co-directed with Norman McLaren and starred in the pixilation short A Chairy Tale.

In 1984, he was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier, given to individuals for an outstanding career in Québec cinema.

Jutra was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the early 1980s. He died, an apparent suicide, in 1986: his body was found in the St. Lawrence river some months after he disappeared. [1]


Selected films

As actor:

  • Bonheur d'occasion (1983)
  • Till Death Do Us Part (1982) (TV)
  • Riel (1979) (TV)
  • Two Solitudes (1978)
  • Arts Cuba (1977) (voice)
  • La Fleur aux dents (1976)
  • Pour le meilleur et pour le pire (1975)
  • Love on the Nose (1974) (TV)
  • On est loin du soleil (1971)
  • Mon oncle Antoine (1971)
  • Act of the Heart (1970)
  • Préambule (1969) (voice)
  • Le Viol d'une jeune fille douce (1968)
  • À tout prendre (1964)
  • A Chairy Tale (1957)

As director:

Awards (Won)

Canadian Film Awards

Awards (Nominated)

Genie Awards

  • (1986) Genie Award Best Achievement in Direction for La Dame en Couleurs
  • (1986) Genie Award Best Screenplay for La Dame en Couleurs

Film Festival Award Nominations

Moscow International Film Festival

  • (1985) Golden Prize for La Dame en couleurs
  • (1971) Golden Prize for Mon oncle Antoine

Film Festival Wins

Venice Film Festival

  • (1966) Plate 'Lion of San Marco' Cultural and Educational Film for Comment savoir

Film about Claude Jutra

Jutra's close friend, filmmaker Paule Baillargeon, directed the feature documentary Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story in 2002.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Baillargeon, Paule (2002). "Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story". NFB Collections page. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  

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