Sylvain Guy, writer/director

Known for his a biting wit, Sylvain Guy practiced law in Montreal before becoming a full-time writer. In 1990 he wrote the fantastical script for Stéréotypes, a short film by Jean-Marc Vallée. The following year, the collaboration continued with the script for Vallée’s first feature, Liste noire, which was the top grossing film at the Quebec box office in 1995 and received 9 Genie nominations. The film’s popularity earned him the opportunity to adapt his script in English as The List, which he directed in 2000. The film starred Ryan O'Neal and Ben Gazzara and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. Previously, Guy had made his directorial debut with the surrealistic short Zie 37 Stagen, which won some 15 awards at various festivals in North America and Europe. In 2003 he co-wrote the script for Pierre Houle’s Monica la mitraille and won the Genie for best adapted screenplay (2005). More recently he was a script consultant for Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y. and Café de Flore and adapted Gaétan Soucy’s cult novel La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes. Sylvain Guy has also directed Détour, a film noir, part of the official competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2010. He is currently working on a feature film script entitled Louis Cyr.

last update : june 2011
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