Simon Lavoie

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Simon Lavoie (born May 15, 1979) is a Canadian film director and screenwriter from Quebec.[1] He is best known as codirector with Mathieu Denis of Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau), which won the award for Best Canadian Film at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival[2] and garnered several Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, including for Best Picture and Best Director.[3]

He made a number of short films — including Une chapelle blanche, which won the Prix Jutra for Best Short Film in 2006[1] — before making his feature film debut in 2008 with Le déserteur.[4] He first collaborated with Denis on the 2011 film Laurentie,[5] and followed up with Le Torrent in 2012.[6]

His next project, The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes), a film adaptation of Gaétan Soucy's novel of the same name, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017.[7] It received an honorable mention for Best Canadian Film,[8] and received a nomination for Best Motion Picture at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Simon Lavoie sur les traces d'un déserteur". La Presse, October 21, 2008.
  2. ^ "TIFF People's Choice Award cements La La Land's place in Oscar race". Entertainment Weekly, September 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Canadian Screen Awards nominations are out!". Now, January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Déserteur, Le – Film de Simon Lavoie". Films du Québec, January 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Laurentie: l’indicible malaise". Voir, November 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "La ferveur d’un Torrent". Le Devoir, October 20, 2012.
  7. ^ "La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes présenté en première mondiale au TIFF". Ici Radio-Canada. 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ Wilner, Norman (17 September 2017). "TIFF 2017: And The Winners Are ..." Now. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  9. ^ "The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches | La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes -". 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-25.

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