LÉA POOL (Director)


Lost and Delirious marks the English language directorial debut for Léa Pool, who stands out in the world of cinema for her own originality. Her films have won several international awards. In 1979, she wrote, directed and produced Strass Café,  a short film, that won awards at four festivals. In 1984, she wrote and directed her first feature film, La femme de l’hôtel, which was selected at the Forum, Berlin 1985. This film won seven awards, including the international press award from the World Film Festival in Montreal, Best Canadian film at the Festivals of the Festivals in Toronto, The Award for Best Actress – Louise Marleau – at the Chicago International Film Festival and a Genie Award also for actress Louise Marleau in a leading role. In 1986, she shot Anne Trister, which was chosen for participation in some fifteen international film festivals, including the official competition of the Berlin Film Festival. It won numerous awards, among them a Genie Award for cinematography in Toronto. The film also received a Tribute in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Art of film at the Denver Festival, USA.


In 1988, Pool brought A corps perdu,  an adaptation of Yves Navarre’s novel Kurwenal, to the big screen. The film was selected in the official competition of the Venice Film Festival, and the official competition at the Chicago International Film Festival. Featured in 34 international festivals, the film won Premiere magazine’s first prize at the Festival de la francophonie de Namur (Belgium), the award of excellence at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. Her 1991 feature film La demoiselle sauvage, based on the short story by Corinna Bille, won, among other prizes, the Super Ecran Award for best Canadian feature. Following on this success, Pool went on to write and direct Mouvements du désir in 1992-93, which was a finalist in eight categories at the Genie Awards and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. She also created a short vignette for the film Montreal vu par… in 1991.


Emporte-moi, her sixth feature film, was selected for the official competition at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival and won the Special Prize from the Ecumenical Jury. The film was also selected in the prestigious New York Film Festival in 1999. The film won numerous awards: the Silver Gryphon at the 1999 Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, the Silver Hugo for the Best Screenplay at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Youth Prize at the Valladollid International Film Festival (Spain), the Best Canadian Film Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association, the Best Feature Film Prize from Les prix du cinéma Suisse, a special prize from the jury at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Gold Bayard for Best Actress at the Festival international de film francophone de Namur, 4 Jutra Awards and a Special Mention at the Sarajevo Film Festiival.


Léa Pool expresses how impressed she is with the talents demonstrated by her young actors, notwithstanding their relative inexperience. “These three young actresses feel free to go as far as they can. They are so confident. I am amazed by them. I just give them some marks and then the space where they can explore. We have great trust among us and it works well.”


(taken from the Lions Gate Films press kit, 2001)


update from A Tribute to Lost and Delirious, Stef:

In 2002 Léa Pool was the script advisor for the movie “Undying Love” directed by Helene Klodawsky.

Léa Pool’s latest movie is called “The Blue Butterfly” (2004) also known as "Mariposa azul".

The film is about courage, redemption and love in a dramatic adventure.  The movie was filmed in the rain forests of Costa Rica and in Montreal.


“Based on a true story, The Blue Butterfly tells the story of a terminally ill 10-year-old boy whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on Earth, the mythic and elusive Blue Morpho. His mother persuades a renowned entomologist to take them on a trip to the jungle to search for the butterfly, leading to an adventure that will transform their lives.”  (source: Internet Movie Database)




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