– Il Regista Claude Gagnon insieme a Serge Losique, Presidente del FFM Montreal, ha aperto la 40e edizione della rassegna cinematografica internazionale canadese. Gagnon, che è anche giurato per il Gran Prix des Ameriques (World Competition) è stato intervistato (www.youtube.com/watch?v=QulffOO3K5I) da Mariangiola Castrovilli, soffermandosi sul suo lavoro e sui suoi film.
— Born in Sainte-Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1949, Claude Gagnon spent a decade in Japan in the 1970s. With his first feature, Keiko (1978), he became the first and only foreigner to receive the Japanese Film Directors’ Association best film award. Returning to Canada in the 1980s, Gagnon and his wife Yuri Yoshimura founded their own company, Aska Film. With The Kid Brother (1986), he won the MWFF’s Grand Prize of the Americas as well as prizes at Berlin and other international festivals. Among his other films: Larose, Pierrot et la Luce (1981), Pale Face (1985, winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the MWFF), The Pianist (1991), Pour l’amour de Thomas (1994), Revival Blues (2003), Kamataki (2005), winner of five prizes at the MWFF, and Karakara (2012), shown at the 36th MWFF and winner of the Prix de la Cinémathèque québécoise as audience favourite and honoured for its window to the world.