Anne Claire Poirier

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Anne Claire Poirier
Born (1932-06-06) 6 June 1932 (age 85)
St-Hyacinthe, Canada
Occupation Film producer
Film director
Years active 1963-1996

Anne Claire Poirier O.C. (born 6 June 1932) is a Canadian film producer, director and screenwriter. She is one of the most important female filmmakers in Canadian history; her documentary film De mère en fille (1968) is the first feature film ever directed by a French-Canadian woman.[1] Her film Mourir à tue-tête competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Mourir à tue-tête remains Poirier's best known film.[3]

Poirier was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. In 1988 she was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier. In 1996, she directed the feature-length documentary Tu as crié: Let me go to understand the events that led to the murder of her daughter. Tu as crié: Let me go received numerous awards including the Genie Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.[4]

In 2001, Poirier received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in film.[5] She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.[6]



  • La fin des étés (Short film, 1964)
  • Le savoir-faire s'impose (Short film, 1971)
  • Le temps de l'avant (1975)
  • Mourir à tue-tête (1979)
  • La quarantaine (1982)
  • Salut Victor (1988)


  • Stampede (Short, 1962)
  • Nomade de l'Ouest (Short, 1962)
  • 30 Minutes, Mr. Plummer (Short, 1963)
  • Les ludions (Short, 1965)
  • De mère en fille (1968)
  • Les filles du Roy (1974)
  • Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (1989)
  • Tu as crié: Let me go (1996)


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