Carl Bessai

Carl Bessai is a Canadian director, writer, producer and cinematographer.  He was born in Edmonton, Alberta and was immediately immersed in a literary environment as his parents were both English professors.  He studied at OCAD University and at York University in Toronto, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts Degree. He got his start directing documentary films before moving to Vancouver and shifting his primary focus to feature films.  His feature films have appeared in numerous festivals including Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. Prior to directing THE LEARS, he wrote and directed REHEARSAL starring Bruce Greenwood and Deborah Kara Unger, which is slated for upcoming release.  Carl is a member of the Director’s guild of Canada, the Writer’s guild of Canada, and the Canadian Film and Television Producer’s Association.

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Emile (starring Ian McKellen and Deborah Kara Unger)

Normal (starring Carrie-Ann Moss)

Sisters & Brothers (starring Corey Monteith & Amanda Crew)

Repeaters (starring Amanda Crew)

Bad City

No Clue

Fathers & Sons


Mothers & Daughters


Unnatural & Accidental



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