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Anne Claire Poirier

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Born (1932-06-06) 6 June 1932 (age 90)
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 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.


Poirier was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. She was the only female filmmaker on the National Film Board of Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. Her first film, the black and white surrealist fictional documentary De mère en fille (1968), critiques social codes of motherhood and investigates the psychological experience of pregnancy. The film had a significant influence on the nascent feminist movement in Canada. De mère en fille is the first feature film ever directed by a French-Canadian woman. Poirier's film Mourir à tue-tête competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and remains Poirier's best known film. Her 1974 film Les Filles du Roi explores a history of masculinity in Quebec. In 1996, she directed the feature-length documentary Tu as crié: Let me go.

Awards and honours

In 1988, she was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier. Tu as crié: Let me go received numerous awards including the Genie Award for Best Feature Length Documentary. In 2001, Poirier received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in film. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.



  • La fin des étés - 1964, short
  • Le savoir-faire s'impose - 1971, short
  • Before the Time Comes (Le temps de l'avant) - 1975
  • A Scream from Silence (Mourir à tue-tête) - 1979
  • Beyond Forty (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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