Rafaël OuelletDirector | Screenwriter

Biography

Rafaël Ouellet is a screenwriter and director for film and television. In 2004, he edited Denis Côté's pioneering debut feature Drifting States, followed two years later by Our Private Lives, which he co-produced and did cinematography. A few weeks later, he began directing his first feature, Le cèdre penché (Mona's Daughters), which won the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois audience award in 2007. His second feature film, Derrière moi (Behind Me), is in competition at the Montreal Nouveau Cinéma Festival, San Sebastian and TIFF in 2008. The following year, New Denmark, an ultra-low budget, self-financed feature film, is part of the Competition Forum of Independents in Karlovy Vary. In 2012, he directed Camion, winner of the Ecumenical Award and Best Director Award, this time as part of the official competition in Karlovy Vary. The film garnered seven Jutra Award nominations and won awards for Best Actor (Julien Poulin) and Best Original Music (Viviane Audet and Robin-Joël Cool). Gurov & Anna (2014), his first English language feature, is the adaptation of a short story by Anton Chekhov written by acclaimed playwright Celeste Parr, for which she's been nominated for the Best Screenplay Jutra Award. The film premiered at the Pusan ​​Festival and has been sold to Japan and South Korea.