April 17, 2013 - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette attend a retrospective of her grandfather Marcel Barbeau paintings at Michel-Ange gallery in Old-Montreal
Barbeau is the last remaining member of Les Automatistes (group of painters from Quebec).
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (born 1979) is a Canadian actress, film director and screenwriter from Quebec. The daughter of documentary filmmaker Manon Barbeau and cinematographer Philippe Lavalette and the granddaughter of artist Marcel Barbeau, she is best known to international audiences for her award-winning 2012 film Inch'Allah.
Originally prominent as a child actor, her credits included the series Le Club des 100 Watts and À nous deux!. She later began making documentary films, including Les Petits princes des bidonvilles (2000), Buenos Aires, no llores (2001) and Si j’avais un chapeau (2005), before releasing her first feature film, The Ring, in 2007. She later made the documentary films Les petits géants (2009) and Se souvenir des cendres (2010) before releasing Inch'Allah. Se souvenir des cendres, a documentary about the making of Denis Villeneuve's 2010 film Incendies, won the Prix Gémeaux for Best Cultural Documentary in 2011.
She also published Je voudrais qu'on m'efface in 2010, a novel which revolves around some of the same characters as The Ring.
An outspoken peace, human rights and international development activist, Barbeau-Lavalette was named artist of the year for 2012 by Les Artistes pour la paix, a Montreal-based organization that honours works of art involving themes of peace, in February 2013. In the same month, Inch'Allah was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for the Panorama section of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.