Jean-Claude Lauzon was a Canadian filmmaker. Born to a humble family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Lauzon worked a variety of odd jobs after dropping out of high school. He went on to study film at the UniversitÃ© du QuÃ©bec Ã MontrÃ©al at the behest of Andre Petrowski, a member of the National Film Board of Canada. His two feature length films, Un zoo la nuit, and LÃ©olo, established him as one of the most important Canadian directors of his time.
He was preparing his third film when he died, along with his girlfriend, Canadian actress Marie-Soleil Tougas, in a plane crash. On August 10, 1997, the Cessna 180K he was piloting flew into a mountainside in strong winds and rain near Kuujjuaq, Quebec while returning from a fishing trip.
His film LÃ©olo was nominated at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for the Golden Palm Award, and is listed as one of Time's All-TIME 100 Movies.