Pool, Léa

 Léa Pool, film director, scriptwriter (b at Soglio, Switzerland 8 Sept 1950). Soon after her arrival in Québec in 1978, she directed her first long independent feature film, Strass Café (1980), the style of which is inspired by the work of Marguerite Duras. Her following feature films - La Femme de l'hôtel (1984), Anne Trister (1986), À corps perdu (1988), La Demoiselle sauvage (1991), Mouvements du désir (1994) - present a world shaped by exile, rootlessness, melancholy and a quest for identity.

Thanks to the thorough exploration of the place that the women in our modern society occupy, Pool scrutinizes the ties between art and reality. The documentary, Hotel Chronicles (1990), fits the same mode; here Pool tests America's grand myths in a very personal style, similar to that used in Strass Café. In 1996, Pool participated in the direction of a television series on the history of women. Next she undertook the direction of a documentary on Gabrielle ROY. In 2001, she completed her first full-length English-language film, Lost and Delirious. Her films, in their formal intelligence, have imprinted themselves on Québec cinema.