Academy Award-winning director of the 2004 film The Barbarian Invasions, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
He attended Jesuit school for nine years.
His three films-Jesus of Montreal, The Decline of the American Empire, and The Barbarian Invasions--were on the Toronto International Film Festival's 2004 list of the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time.
He and his wife adopted an orphaned Chinese girl named Mingxia.
He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Barbarian Invasions but lost to Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation.