Robert Favreau

male
Born
1948
in
Montreal
Canada
CA
Lives in
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Biography

Director, documentarist. Originating in union activism and social work before making a mark in Quebec political documentary in the 1970s, queer-friendly Favreau was responsible for two important and accomplished queer-ish features of the 1990s, the heritage biopic Nelligan (1991, 104) and an adaptation of Bouchard’s Les muses orphelines (The Orphan Muses, 2000, 107). Émile Nelligan (1879-1941) is often considered Quebec’s national poet and just as often claimed as a queer ancestor. Favreau’s interpretation of Nelligan’s tragic life, most spent in a psychiatric hospital, buoys up both claims, and the elaboration of his driven young hero’s friendship with gay poet Arthur de Bussières and their interaction with turn-of-the-century Montreal’s queer scene (rapacious, drunk sailors, and lamp-lit bathing scenes) is inspired.