One of Quebec cinema's most celebrated filmmakers. Born in Quebec in 1941. After studying history at the Universite de Montreal, Arcand became involved in the production of a seminal independent film Alone or with Others in 1962. Later he joined the National Film Board, made a few short documentaries and a controversial feature documentary criticizing the textile industry, Cotton Mill, Trademill. The film was banned for seven years. Arcand began writing and directing fiction features in the early 1970s. He achieved international attention for his 1986 breakthrough film The Decline of the American Empire. The sequel to this film, 2003's Invasion of the Barbarians, captured the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
1962 Seul ou avec d'autres / Alone or with Others
1972 La maudite galette / Dirty Money
1976 On est au cotton / Cotton Mill, Trademill (doc.)
1986 Le déclin de l'empire américain / The Decline of the American Empire
1993 Amour et restes humains / Love and Human Remains
2003 Les invasions barbares / Invasion of the Barbarians