Filmmaker Michel Brault Dies at 85

10:48 AM PST 09/23/2013 by Etan Vlessing

The Quebec director and cameraman died Saturday while driving to an Ontario film festival to receive a lifetime achievement award.

TORONTO – Quebec filmmaker Michel Brault, who won the 1975 Cannes Film Festival award for best director, died Saturday at 85 while driving to a Canadian film festival to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Brault died of a heart attack while on his way to the Film North festival in Huntsville, Ontario, according to festival organizers.

"With sincere regret we announce that Film North's Bull's Eye lifetime achievement award recipient 2013, Michel Brault, passed away in Toronto yesterday afternoon, en route to accepting his award at Film North, Huntsville International Film Festival," Film North CEO Lucy Wing said in a statement Sunday.

The Montreal-born cinematographer, cameraman, film director, screenwriter and film producer was a leading figure in the 1960s Direct Cinema movement.

Brault earned his Cannes award for Les Ordres (Orders), a 1974 drama about Quebec's October Crisis in 1970.

The French-language film also earned the 1975 Canadian Film Award for best direction.

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