Roger D’Astous

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  • Directed by Etienne Desrosiers
  • 2016Canada103 minutesFrench (with English subtitles)

From formative encounters with Frank Lloyd Wright, to opportunities boldly seized for Montréal’s Expo ’67 and ’76 Olympics, the career of this Quebec “starchitect” blossoms early, then takes a nose dive amid controversy, only to rise up again slowly and mellow over the years. This versatile and resilient architect deserves to be more widely known, both for his efforts to establish a uniquely Canadian Nordic architecture, and for his willingness to take design risks which continue to bring joy to the inhabitants of his projects. Savour this delightfully French-Canadian story like a rare combination of wine and cheese.