Bernard Gosselin

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Bernard Gosselin
Born (1934-10-05)October 5, 1934
Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
Died March 20, 2006(2006-03-20) (aged 71)
Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Cinematographer
Film director
Years active 1960 - 1996

Bernard Gosselin (October 5, 1934 – March 20, 2006) was a Canadian cinematographer and documentary film director.[1]


Born in Drummondville, Quebec, Gosselin studied at the Institut des arts graphiques in Montreal and then worked as a printer. He joined the NFB's title department in 1956 to design titles and credits. The French team was in the process of expanding, and he met with many of the talented filmmakers and technicians working there. He then worked as an assistant cameraman, location manager and assistant editor before photographing his first film, Gilles Groulx's Golden Gloves (1961).

After photographing many of the most notable Quebec films of the 1960s he directed his first feature film in 1971: the odd science-fiction movie for children Le martien de Noël; it was his only fiction film outside of his documentary output.[2] It was working as cinematographer on many films by Pierre Perrault that began his special interest in the Aboriginal and folk cultures of Quebec. This interest inspired his two most important films as a director: César et son canot d'écorce (1971) and Jean Carignan, violoneux (1975).[3] From 1977 to 1980 Gosselin in collaboration with Léo Plamondon photographed and/or directed a series of short films on traditional Quebecois craftspeople for the NFB titled La belle ouvrage.

Bernard Gosselin won a Canadian Film Award in 1968 for his black-and-white cinematography on Perrault's Le Règne du jour (1966). He died on March 20, 2006 in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec


As Director[edit]


  • Le martien de Noël (Fiction, 1971)
  • Jean Carignan, violoneux (1975)
  • Un royaume vous attend (Co-Directed with Pierre Perrault, 1975)
  • La veillée des veillées (1976)
  • L'Anticoste (1986)
  • L'arche de verre (1994)


  • Le jeu de l'hiver (Co-Directed with Jean Dansereau, 1961)
  • Les voyageurs (1964)
  • Le beau plaisir (Co-Directed with Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault, 1968)
  • Capture (aka The Catch, 1969)
  • L'odyssée du Manhattan (1970)
  • Passage au Nord-Ouest (1970)
  • César et son canot d'écorce (1971)
  • Les raquettes des Atcikameg (1973)
  • Les boeufs de labour (Co-Directed with Léo Plamondon, 1977) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Le pain d'habitant (1re partie) - Construction du four (Co-Directed with Léo Plamondon, 1977) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Le pain d'habitant (2e partie) - La caisson (Co-Directed with Léo Plamondon, 1977) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Armand Hardy, menuisier-tonnelier (Co-Directed with Léo Plamondon, 1978) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Le discours de l'armoire (1978) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • La fonderie artisanale (1978) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Léo Corriveau, maréchal-ferrant (Co-Directed with Léo Plamondon, 1978) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Les meuniers de Saint-Eustache (Co-Directed with Léo Plamondon, 1978) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Les bottes sauvages (1980) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Le canot à Renald à Thomas (1980) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Extraits de la veillée des veillées (1980) (La Belle Ouvrage series)
  • Vues de l'île d'Anticosti (1987)
  • Dire de compagnons (1989)
  • En r'montant l'escalier (1989)
  • L'aventure Biodôme (1995) (Abridged version of L'arche de verre)


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