Jean-Claude Lauzon

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Jean-Claude Lauzon
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Born(1953-09-29)September 29, 1953
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedAugust 10, 1997(1997-08-10) (aged 43)
Kuujjuaq, Canada
OccupationFilm director
Years active1981 - 1997

Jean-Claude Lauzon (September 29, 1953 – August 10, 1997) was a Canadian filmmaker. Born to a humble family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Lauzon worked a variety of odd jobs after dropping out of high school. He went on to study film at the Université du Québec à Montréal at the behest of Andre Petrowski, a member of the National Film Board of Canada. His two feature-length films, Night Zoo (Un zoo la nuit), and Léolo, established him as one of the most important Canadian directors of his time.

He was preparing his third film when he died, along with his girlfriend, Canadian actress Marie-Soleil Tougas, in a plane crash. On August 10, 1997, the Cessna 180K he was piloting flew into a mountainside in strong winds and rain near Kuujjuaq, Quebec while returning from a fishing trip.[1]

His film Léolo was nominated at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for the Golden Palm Award,[2] and is listed as one of Time's All-TIME 100 Movies.


  • Piwi (1981) Director.
  • Night Zoo (Un zoo la nuit) (Night Zoo) (1987) Director and Writer.
  • Léolo (1992) Director and Writer.


  1. ^ "Plane Crash Info".
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Léolo". Retrieved 2009-08-15.

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