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Two films led the way at Quebec’s Jutra film awards on Sunday night, with Continental, un film sans fusil and Silk picking up four awards each.

A Toronto International Film Festival Group Canada’s Top Ten selection, Continental was the big winner of the night, claiming the honour of Best Picture. Filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur also took home awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film’s final award was presented to Réal Bossé for Best Supporting Actor.

Silk, which was also at last year’s TIFF, was François Girard’s first film since 1998’s critically acclaimed The Red Violin. Its purse was filled largely with technical awards, winning for cinematography, art direction, sound and costumes.

Quebec native Roy Dupuis scored the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Roméo Dallaire in the Rwandan genocide drama Shake Hands with the Devil. He dedicated the award to his recently deceased mother, as well as the people of Rwanda and the real-life retired general.

Guylaine Tremblay earned the Best Actress honour for her starring role in Contre toute espérance, in which she played a woman whose life falls apart. Laurence Leboeuf took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her depiction of a troubled young stripper in Ma fille, mon ange.

Other winners included:
Best makeup: Diane Simard, L’Âge des ténèbres (Days of Darkness)
Best editing: Éric Drouin, Nitro
Best documentary: Le Peuple invisible
Best music: Catherine Major, Le Ring
Best animated film: Isabelle au bois dormant

The risqué comedy Les 3 p’tits cochons (The 3 Little Pigs) went into the ceremony with 13 nominations, however the only honour bestowed upon them was the Billet d’or (Golden ticket), which is given to the most successful domestic film at the Quebec box office. It grossed about $4.5 million in 2007. Patrick Huard’s directorial debut received a similar prize at last week’s Genie Awards in Toronto.

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An interview with multiple Genie Award winner Sarah Polley, director of Away from Her.

An interview with Genie Award Best Actor winner Gordon Pinsent (Away from Her).

An interview with actor and Genie Award presenter Kevin Zegers.

Zegers is a Canadian film and television actor who has appeared in numerous productions, including The X-Files, Air Bud, and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. His breakthrough role was in the Academy Award-nominated film Transamerica, a drama about a road trip with a male-to-female transexual and her son, played by Zegers.

An interview with Genie Award winners Pierre Gendron and Christian Larouche.

Les 3 P’tits Cochons (The 3 Little Pigs) plot summary: In this comedy of manners, the feature’s ‘3 P’tits Cochons’ are three thirty-something brothers Mathieu (Claude Legault), Christian (Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge) and Remi (Paul Doucet). During the summer of 2006, they take turns recounting their lives to pass the time at their mother’s bedside, who is hospitalized and in a coma. They talk about the merits and pleasures of conjugal fidelity and infidelity, their marriages and longing to escape the boredom that has settled into their lives. With each passing day the conversation becomes increasingly explicit between the two younger brothers. As their fantasies evolve into the more and more risqué, they are driven to act on their desires, despite their older brother’s stricter principles and wary advice.

An interview with Genie winners for Best Animated Short: Maciek Szczerbowski, Chris Lavis and Marcy Page.

Madame Tutli-Putli plot summary: Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train. As day descends into dark, she finds herself alone, caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure. Adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli is drawn into an undertow of mystery and suspense. The NFB present a stunning, stop-motion animated film that takes the viewer on an exhilarating existential journey. It introduces groundbreaking visual techniques and is supported by a haunting and original score. Painstaking care and craftsmanship in form and detail bring to life a fully imagined, tactile world unlike any you have seen. The night train awaits you.

WINNERS CIRCLE: Genie Award winners Gordon Pinsent and Sarah Polley from the film Away From Her (Photo: Nicole Robicheau for Popjournalism)Canada’s darling, Sarah Polley, proves she’s come a long way since her days on Road to Avonlea, earning top honours at last night’s Genie Awards.

The 29-year-old’s feature directorial debut, Away From Her, took home golden statues for six of its seven nominations, sweeping most of the major categories: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Julie Christie), Best Actor (Gordon Pinsent), Best Supporting Actress (Kristen Thomson), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Polley based the film on a short story by Alice Munroe).

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television also honoured the Alzheimer-effected love story with the Claude Jutra Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a first-time feature film director.

Oscar-nominated actress Julie Christie was not at the event but sent her thanks via a satellite feed, thanking Polley for her determination. “I would like to give an award to Canada for producing Sarah Polley,” the actress said. “Not only is she a wonderful actor, a wonderful director, and a wonderful screenplay writer, she is also the most persistent person I have ever met. And I am so grateful to her. That she persisted in persuading me to make Away From Her one of the happiest, if not happiest, film experiences of my life.”

Upon accepting his award, the amiable Gordon Pinsent said “It would take me another lifetime to thank Sarah, and to just tell her how I feel about this entire thing.” He then quipped, “Julie also left me with a gift of some sort. We had this way too short canoodling love story, and before leaving the bed, she’d tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘Well done, Gordon.’ Well, that’s on the resume.”

In her own speech, Polley thanked her mentor, director Atom Egoyan for his support and inspiration. She added that Away From Her “would never have been made without public support through organizations like Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corp.”

But with censorship threatening to change the face of Canadian cinema, the night was also a platform for artists to voice their concerns and opinions.

Polley went on to say, “I feel extremely lucky to have had the rare experience, as a first-time filmmaker, of being able to find my own voice without constant pandering to a profit motive or to committees. I think that is what is special about making a film with public money. And I’m very grateful for it. We can never, ever stop fighting for it.”

Genie host, star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Ontario-native Sandra Oh took her jab at the proposed amendment to the Income Tax Act early on: “I feel I can’t go on without bringing up Bill C-10. [If passed], a very small group of government bureaucrats [will have the] power to censor Canadian film and television artists by threatening to take away vital government funding. So in other words, censorship has had a little work done, and is trying to make a comeback. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound Canadian to me.”

Eastern Promises executive producer Robert Lantos accepted the Genie for Best Original Screenplay and took the opportunity to provide his criticism, saying “this screenplay is chock full of powerful, frank, honest, original scenes. Just the kind that, if some barbarians have their way, are no longer going to be permissible in Canadian cinema.”

Heading into the ceremony, David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Roger Spottiswoode’s Shake Hands with the Devil had 12 nominations each.

While Eastern Promises took home a noteworthy seven Genies for Best Original Screenplay, Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Original Score (Howard Shore), Editing (Ronald Sanders) and Cinematography (Peter Suschitzky), Shake Hands with the Devil was awarded a disappointing one for Best Original Song.

The winners circle was rounded out by Fido for Art Direction, Radiant City for Documentary, Silk for Costume Design, Apres Tout for Live-action Short Drama, and the Oscar-nominated Madame Tutli-Putli claimed the Genie for Best Animated Short.

Bruce McDonald’s The Tracey Fragments, an experimental story about a troubled teen starring Ellen Page, was disappointingly shut out of the prize category.

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