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Karl Lemieux

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Karl Lemieux
Born1980 (age 43–44)
OccupationFilm director
Years active2007–present
Known forGodspeed You! Black Emperor
Notable workShambles

Karl Lemieux is a Canadian film director best known for his collaborations with Montreal-based post rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor and his 2016 film Shambles.


Karl Lemieux joined Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2010 – when the band came back after a seven-year hiatus – providing film projections shown at live concerts.[1][2][3] Those projections largely consist of expressionist tapes shot at empty roads in Canada.[2] He has also designed video projections for the 2012–2013 El Camino Tour by The Black Keys.[4]

In 2015, together with his bandmate David Bryant, Lemieux co-directed the experimental documentary short Quiet Zone about people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity living in the United States National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia.[5][6] The film premiered in January 2015 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it was a part of the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2015.[7] At the 4th Canadian Screen Awards the film was nominated for Best Short Documentary by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.[8] A year later Lemieux directed Shambles (original French title: Maudite poutine), his feature film debut. The film premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival[9] before going into theatrical release in Canada in 2017.[10] The film garnered four nominations at the 19th Quebec Cinema Awards in 2017.[11]

In 2019 he was one of seven directors, alongside Kaveh Nabatian, Juan Andrés Arango, Sophie Deraspe, Sophie Goyette, Ariane Lorrain and Caroline Monnet, of the anthology film The Seven Last Words (Les sept dernières paroles).[12]


As director[edit]

  • 2008: Passage[5] (short)
  • 2015: Quiet Zone (Ondes et Silence) (documentary short)
  • 2016: Shambles (Maudite poutine)


  1. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor". Constellation Records.
  2. ^ a b Dana Linssen (8 August 2017). "Misdaad en postrock in een troosteloos Canada" (in Dutch). NRC. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  3. ^ Pauline Kleijer (10 August 2017). "Met Maudite Poutine gaat Lemieux te ver in zijn experimenteerdrift" (in Dutch). de Volkskrant. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ Gonzalez, John (2012-03-01). "The Black Keys tour: Making 'garage band' music on a big stage". MLive. Michigan Live LLC. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  5. ^ a b O'Connor, Katie (15 September 2015). "TFS Festival Quickie: David Bryant And Karl Lemieux, Directors Of Quiet Zone". Toronto Film Scene. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  6. ^ Weldon, Carolyne (16 September 2016). "Quiet Zone | 3 Questions with Musician/Filmmaker David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor)". blog.nfb.ca. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Quiet Zone". IFFR. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Theatrical Documentary and Short Film Nominations". Canadian Screen Awards. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2017.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Après 7 ans de travail, Maudite poutine présenté à Venise" (in French). Ici Radio-Canada. September 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "Maudite poutine: le son "dans le piton"" (in French). La Presse. January 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Prix Iris : Annonce des finaliste et autres surprises". Atuvu (in French). April 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Justine Smith, "Anthology film The Seven Last Words is unified by music and human vulnerability". Cult MTL, June 14, 2019.

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