Francis Mankiewicz

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Francis Mankiewicz
Born(1944-03-15)March 15, 1944
DiedAugust 14, 1993(1993-08-14) (aged 49)
Occupation Film director
Film producer
Years active 19721991

Francis Mankiewicz (March 15, 1944 in Shanghai, China August 14, 1993 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) was a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. In 1945, his family moved to Montreal, where Francis spent all his childhood. His father was a second cousin to the famous Hollywood brothers, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Herman J. Mankiewicz. [1] [2]

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Francis Mankiewicz studied geology at McGill University and University of Montreal, and in 1966, travelled to London, England, to study filmmaking. He returned to Montreal in 1968 and assisted on several sponsored films before directing his first feature in 1972. [3] His debut was Le temps d'une chasse, which was followed by the dysfunctional family drama Les Bons Débarras, generally regarded as his best film. He won Best Director at the Genie Awards, and the film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Later he directed Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher, the first Canadian-produced drama to play on primetime American television.

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The Genie Awards were given out annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to recognize the best of Canadian cinema from 1980–2012. They succeeded the Canadian Film Awards.

The Golden Bear is the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, featured on both the coat of arms and flag of Berlin. The winners of the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951 were determined by a German panel, and there were five winners of the Golden Bear, divided by categories and genres. Between 1952 and 1955, the winners of the Golden Bear were determined by the audience members. In 1956, the FIAPF formally accredited the festival, and since then the Golden Bear has been awarded by an international jury.


Feature Films

The Time of the Hunt is a Canadian drama film, directed by Francis Mankiewicz and released in 1972. An examination of masculinity, the film centres on Willy, Richard and Lionel, three friends on a weekend hunting trip who are instructing Richard's son Michel in the rituals and practices of what they believe it means to be a man.

<i>Good Riddance</i> (film) 1979 film by Francis Mankiewicz

Good Riddance is a 1980 French-language Canadian drama film. Directed by Francis Mankiewicz and written by Réjean Ducharme, the film concerns Manon, an unstable young girl who lives with her mother Michelle and her alcoholic and intellectually disabled uncle Ti-Guy.

Happy Memories is a Canadian drama film, directed by Francis Mankiewicz and released in 1981. Identified by film critics as a spiritual if not literal sequel to his previous film Good Riddance , the film stars Julie Vincent as Viviane, a young woman returning home for the first time since running away several years earlier.

Other Work

For the Record was a Canadian television drama anthology series, which aired on CBC Television from 1976 to 1986. The series aired docudrama television films on contemporary social issues.


The Revolving Doors is a 1988 Canadian-French French-language drama film directed by Francis Mankiewicz. The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 61st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

1988 Cannes Film Festival

The 41st Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 23 May 1988. The Palme d'Or went to the Pelle erobreren by Bille August.

30th Berlin International Film Festival 1980 film festival edition

The 30th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 18–29 February 1980. The Golden Bear was awarded to the American film Heartland directed by Richard Pearce and German film Palermo oder Wolfsburg directed by Werner Schroeter.

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