Denys Desjardins

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Denys Desjardins is a “multifaceted filmmaker with an endlessly curious spirit whose boundless love of cinema permeates his entire output.” He first discovered cinema as a child, when his father would shoot, edit and project films on their basement walls. A revelation! While studying film, Desjardins worked as an orderly in a mental health care institution and discovered the world through the eyes of those marginalized and forgotten by society. Thereafter, his camera became a tool for building relationships and telling the world’s stories — one film at a time. Truly passionate about the art of cinema, Denys Desjardins has put his hand to every aspect of film production, from camera operator to director, in addition to writing, research, and editing. In 1990, he launched his own production company, Les Films du Centaure. Since then, he has directed and produced some 20 films as well as numerous websites, working both in the private sector and with the National Film Board of Canada. With the latter, he also collaborated on the DVD box sets of the films of Gilles Groulx, Michel Brault, and Pierre Perrault. A socially engaged filmmaker, Denys Desjardins has for the past three decades been part of the ongoing battle to defend and uphold artistic institutions. He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Soirée des Jutra (now Gala Québec Cinéma) and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois (now Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma), and is a founding member of Québec Cinéma. Producer and creator of the website, he is also the founder of DOCfest – Pour la suite du DOC, an annual festival held on Isle-aux-Coudres that’s dedicated to the future of documentary filmmaking.


Mon oeil pour une caméra, 2011
La zone, 2017
Le Château, 2020
J'ai placé ma mère, 2022


CSE 2023

I lost my Mom

In the style of a film diary, I lost my Mom immerses us in the personal experience of the filmmaker and his sister as they try to ensure their mother can end her days with dignity in the CHSLD system.