Canadian Movie Awards: Rwanda Horror & Cop Comedy

by Alt Film Guide
Olivier Gourmet Congorama
Canadian Movie Awards: Olivier Gourmet in Congorama

Quebec's 2007 Jutra Awards, presented on Sunday, Feb. 18, offered a whole array of surprises.

Even though the bilingual box office smash Bon Cop, Bad Cop and the drama Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali received the most nominations – 12 apiece – both were completely shut out of the film, acting, directing, and writing categories.

Instead, the comedy-drama Congorama came out on top as best film of 2006, in addition to wins for best director (Philippe Falardeau, right), best screenplay (also Falardeau), best actor (double winners Paul Ahmarani and Olivier Gourmet), and best supporting actor (Gabriel Arcand). Overall, Congorama won five of its six nominations. (André Turpin lost in the best cinematography category to Pierre Mignot – his third Jutra in a row – for Un dimanche à Kigali.)

“This is one I didn't see coming,” Falardeau told the audience at Montreal's Place des Arts after winning the best director Jutra. “It's just like a bus that came out of nowhere.”

A Can$5 million Franco-Belgian-Canadian production, Congorama follows a Belgian inventor (Gourmet) who, after discovering that he was adopted, travels to Quebec to learn about his family background. Following a car accident, he and a mentally unbalanced inventor (Ahmarani) experience a number of unusual adventures. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight last year.

Though a major hit among film critics, Congorama failed to ignite Quebec's box office. Earlier in February, it won a single Genie – for best original screenplay (unlike the Jutras, the Genies have two writing categories) – at the Canadian Academy Awards ceremony. (This year's Genies were dominated by another Quebec-made film, Maurice Richard / The Rocket, which was up for last year's Jutras.)

In spite of the Congorama sweep in the top categories, Un dimanche à Kigali was actually the most honored production, winning a total of six Jutras. Bon Cop, Bad Cop won only one – for best editing (Jean-François Bergeron) – in addition to a Billet d'Or as the top-grossing Québécois film of the year.

Céline Bonnier (above) was chosen best actress for her performance as an ex-con in Délivrez-moi. Fanny Malette was the best supporting actress for her suicidal escort in Cheech.

Another Jutra surprise was the choice for the “most illustrious (Quebec-made) film outside Quebec,” which went – for the second year in a row – to Jean-Marc Vallée's 2005 box office smash C.R.A.Z.Y., a touching comedy-drama about a young gay man growing up in the Montreal of the 1960s and 1970s.

C.R.A.Z.Y. swept both the Jutras and the Genies last year, and it has been sold to dozens of countries around the world. Inexplicably – much too good for American audiences? – it hasn't been released theatrically in the United States, though it has popped up on cable.

As an aside … I find it curious that, at least online, the English-language Canadian media has devoted precious little space to the Jutras.

Philippe Falardeau quote: Globe and Mail

Interview (in French) with Philippe Falardeau at Canoë

2006 Jutra Award Winners: Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts in Montreal on February 18, 2007

BEST FILM / MEILLEUR FILM
Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Kevin Tierney (Park Ex Pictures)
* Congorama, Luc Déry Kim McCraw (micro_scope, Tarantula)
Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali, Lyse Lafontaine Michael Mosca (Productions Equinoxe)
La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People, Roger Frappier Luc Vandal (MaxFilms)

BEST DIRECTION /MEILLEURE RÉALISATION
Érik Canuel, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
* Philippe Falardeau, Congorama
Robert Favreau, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
Claude Gagnon, Kamataki

BEST ACTOR / MEILLEUR ACTEUR
* Paul Ahmarani and Olivier Gourmet, Congorama
Marc Béland, Guide de la petite vengeance / The Little Revenge Guide
Patrick Huard and Colm Feore, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Luc Picard, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

BEST ACTRESS / MEILLEURE ACTRICE
* Céline Bonnier, Délivrez-moi / Forgive Me
Fatou NDiaye, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
Danielle Proulx, Histoire de famille / Family Story
Ginette Reno, Le Secret de ma mère / My Mothers Secret

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR / MEILLEUR ACTEUR DE SOUTIEN
* Gabriel Arcand, Congorama
Gabriel Gascon, Guide de la petite vengeance / The Little Revenge Guide
Pierre Lebeau, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Gilles Renaud, La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS / MEILLEURE ACTRICE DE SOUTIEN
Céline Bonnier, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
Ane Dorval, La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People
Lucie Laurier, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
* Fanny Mallette, Cheech

BEST SCREENPLAY / MEILLEUR SCÉNARIO
Leila Basen, Alex Epstein, Patrick Huard, Kevin Tierney, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
* Philippe Falardeau, Congorama
Stéphane Lapointe, La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People
Robert Morin, Que Dieu bénisse lAmérique / God Bless America

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY / MEILLEURE DIRECTION DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
Yves Bélanger, Cheech
* Pierre Mignot, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
Allen Smith, Guide de la petite vengeance / The Little Revenge Guide
André Turpin, Congorama

BEST EDITING / MEILLEUR MONTAGE
* Jean-François Bergeron, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Hélène Girard, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
Denis Papillon, Histoire de famille / Family Story
Arthur Tarnowski, Duo

BEST SCORE / MEILLEURE MUSIQUE
Benoît Charest, Guide de la petite vengeance / The Little Revenge Guide
Michel Corriveau, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Jorane, Kamataki
* Jorane, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

BEST ART DIRECTION / MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE
* André-Line Beauparlant, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
Jean Bécotte, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Patrice Bengle, Délivrez-moi / Forgive Me
François Laplante, Black Eyed Dog

BEST COSTUME DESIGN / MEILLEURS COSTUMES
Anne Duceppe, Le Génie du crime / The Criminal Mastermind
* Michèle Hamel, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
François Laplante, Black Eyed Dog
Ginette Magny, Le Secret de ma mère / My Mothers Secret

BEST SOUND / MEILLEUR SON
Dominique Chartrand, Christian Rivest, Gavin Fernandes, Pierre Paquet, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Mario Auclair, Pierre-Jules Audet, Stéphane Bergeron, Cheech
Normand Mercier, Michel B. Bordeleau, Geoffrey Mitchell, Histoire de famille / Family Story
Michel Charron, Louis Dupire, Jean-François Sauvé, Hans Peter Strobl, Bernard Gariépy-Strobl, Sans elle / Without Her
* Claude La Haye, Hans Peter Strobl, Marie-Claude Gagné, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

BEST MAKEUP / MEILLEUR MAQUILLAGE
Claudette Beaudoin-Casavant, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Marie-Angèle Breitner, Le Secret de ma mère / My Mothers Secret
* Marie-Angèle Breitner, Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali
Nicole Lapierre, La Rage de lange

BEST COIFFURE / MEILLEURE COIFFURE
* Ginette Cérat-Lajeunesse, Le Secret de ma mère / My Mothers Secret
Johanne Paiement, Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Denis Parent, Sans elle / Without Her
Martin Rivest, Le Génie du crime / The Criminal Mastermind

BEST DOCUMENTARY / MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE
* À force de rêves, Serge Giguère (Rapide blanc, Office national du film)
Le Côté obscur de la Dame Blanche / The Dark Side of Dame Blanche, Patricio Henriquez (Office national du film)
Notre Père / Our Father, Marie-Julie Dallaire (Sogestalt télévision Québec)
Un fleuve humain / A Human River, Sylvain LEspérance (Les films du Tricycle)

BEST ANIMATED FILM / MEILLEUR FILM DANIMATION
Lhomme qui atttendait / The Man Who Waited, Theodore Ushev (Office national du film/Valkyrie Films)
Ici par ici, Obom (Office national du film)
Jaime Lo, petite et timide / Jaime Lo, Small and Shy, Lillian Chan (Office national du film)
* McLarens Negatives, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (vidéographe)

BEST SHORT / MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM / MEILLEUR COURT / MOYEN MÉTRAGE
À Lombre, Simon Lavoie (Amazone Film)
* Les Eaux mortes, Guy Édoin (Locomotion Distribution)
Les Jours, Maxime Giroux (NuFilms)
Petit Dimanche, Nicolas Roy (Nitrofilms)

HONORARY AWARD / PRIX HOMMAGE: Pierre Curzi

BILLET DOR: Bon Cop Bad Cop

MOST ILLUSTRIOUS FILM OUTSIDE QUEBEC: C.R.A.Z.Y.

Genie Awards Winners: Good Cop Bad Cop Flick Tops

Last night, the Canadian Academy's Genie Awards ceremony proved itself no more and no less prone to inane outcomes than those of other film academies the world over. Nine Genies went to the Quebecois hockey biopic The Rocket / Maurice Richard, including awards for Best Director (Charles Binamé), Best Actor (Roy Dupuis), Best Actress (Julie Le Breton), and Best Editing (Michel Arcand). Canadian Academy-ites, however, opted for the bilingual comedy-thriller Bon Cop, Bad Cop as Best Canadian Film of 2006.

Whether Bon Cop, Bad Cop is bon or bad, I don't know as I haven't seen the film. But one would expect that the “best Canadian film of 2006” would have received top honors in another category other than best sound. In any case, no one will be able to accuse the Canadian Academy of being an elitist body that favors obscure films – at least until next year.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop, after all, has become the biggest homemade box office smash in Canada's history, and one more piece of evidence proving that le cinéma Québécois is the engine propelling the Canadian film industry. In fact, Quebec-made films seem to be not only the engine, but just about the whole train.

In addition to Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Maurice Richard, other films out of Quebec that earned Genies last night include Robert Favreau's Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali, which won the best original screenplay award (for Favreau and Gil Courtemanche); Congorama, for best adapted screenplay (Philippe Falardeau); and Sans elle / Without Her, winner of the best score award (for Jean Robitaille). Also, it should be noted that four of the five best film nominees came out of Quebec.

The winners of Quebec's Prix Jutra will be announced on Feb. 18. Don't expect Maurice Richard to win anything. The hockey film was included in last year's Jutra shortlist – it lost in every category, mostly to the local box office sensation C.R.A.Z.Y., a Quebecois drama about a young gay man growing up in the Montreal of the 1960s and 1970s. C.R.A.Z.Y. also swept the 2006 Genies.

Le cinéma Québécois rules. Why? It helps to have a generous government willing to support the arts – and it helps to speak French. Instead of being swallowed whole by mega-budget Hollywood trash so beloved by the braindead everywhere, the Quebec film industry has been able to create its own highly successful cultural identity – or “identities,” considering the variety of locally produced films. As they say, Vive la difference…

More details on several of the films mentioned above can be found in the 2007 Genie nominations article.

27th Genie Awards- 2006

The 27th Genie Award nominees were announced on January 9, 2007.

The 27th Genie Award winners were announced at The Carlu atop Torontos College Park on February 13, 2007.

Best Film
* Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Kevin Tierney
Guide de la Petite Vengeance / The Little Book of Revenge - Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal
Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie - Barrie Dunn, Mike Clattenburg, Michael Volpe
Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali - Lyse Lafontaine, Michael Mosca

Achievement in Direction
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Érik Canuel
Guide de la Petite Vengeance / The Little Book of Revenge - Jean-François Pouliot
La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People - Stéphane Lapointe
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Charles Binamé
Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali - Robert Favreau

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Patrick Huard
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Colm Feore
Congorama - Olivier Gourmet
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Roy Dupuis
Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali - Luc Picard

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Le Secret de ma mère - Ginette Reno
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Julie Le Breton
Snow Cake - Sigourney Weaver
Tideland - Jodelle Ferland
Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali - Fatou NDiaye

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Eve and the Fire Horse - Chan Chit Man Lester
Guide de la Petite Vengeance / The Little Book of Revenge - Michel Muller
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Stephen McHattie
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie - Hugh Dillon
Whole New Thing - Robert Joy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Eve and the Fire Horse - Vivian Wu
La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People - Marie Gignac
Niagara Motel - Caroline Dhavernas
Snow Cake - Emily Hampshire
* Snow Cake - Carrie-Anne Moss

Best Original Screenplay
* Congorama - Philippe Falardeau
Guide de la Petite Vengeance / The Little Book of Revenge - Ken Scott
La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People - Stéphane Lapointe
Le Secret de ma mère - Martin Girard, Ghyslaine Côté
Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Ken Scott

Best Adapted Screenplay
Cheech - François Létourneau
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie - Mike Clattenburg, Robb Wells
* Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali - Robert Favreau, Gil Courtemanche

Achievement in Cinematography
Beowulf & Grendel - Jan Kiesser
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Bruce Chun
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Pierre Gill
Snow Cake - Steve Cosens
Tideland - Nicola Pecorini

Achievement in Editing
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Jean-François Bergeron
Cheech - Michel Grou
Congorama - Frédérique Broos
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Michel Arcand
Tideland - Lesley Walker

Achievement in Music - Original Score
Beowulf & Grendel - Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson
Cheech - Normand Corbeil
La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People - Pierre Desrochers
Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Michel Cusson
* Sans elle / Without Her - Jean Robitaille

Achievement in Music - Original Song
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - “Tattoo”
Eric Lapointe, Stéphane Dufour, Jamil
Eighteen - “In a Heartbeat”
Bramwell Tovey, Richard Bell
La Belle bête / The Beautiful Beast - “Trace-Moi”
Patrick Watson, Caroline Dhavernas
La Rage de lange / Angels Rage - “LAstronaute”
Dan Bigras
* Unnatural & Accidental - “Have Hope”
Jennifer Kreisberg

Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Jean Bécotte
Eve and the Fire Horse - Mary-Ann Liu, Athena Wong
La Rage de lange / Angels Rage - François Séguin
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Michel Proulx
Tideland - Jasna Stefanovic

Achievement in Costume Design
Eve and the Fire Horse - Sandy Buck
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Francesca Chamberland
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen - Michelline Amaaq
Tideland - Mario Davignon

Achievement in Overall Sound
* Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Dominique Chartrand, Gavin Fernandes, Nathalie Morin, Pierre Paquet
Eve and the Fire Horse - Daniel Pellerin, Gashtaseb Ariana, Jeff Carter
Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Claude Hazanavicius, Claude Beaugrand, Luc Boudrias, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Tideland - David Lee, Douglas Cooper, Robert Farr
Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali - Marie-Claude Gagné, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Hans Peter Strobl

Achievement in Sound Editing
Beowulf & Grendel - Jane Tattersall, Barry Gilmore, David McCallum, Donna Powell, Dave Rose
Bon Cop, Bad Cop - Christian Rivest, Valéry Dufort-Boucher, Tchae Measroch
Cheech - Pierre-Jules Audet, Guy Francoeur, Guy Pelletier
* Maurice Richard / The Rocket - Claude Beaugrand, Olivier Calvert, Jérôme Décarie, Natalie Fleurant, Francine Poirier
Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali - Marie-Claude Gagné

Best Documentary
La planète blanche / The White Planet - Jean Lemire, Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert
* Manufactured Landscapes - Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier, Gerry Flahive, Daniel Iron, Peter Starr

Best Live Action Short Drama
Big Girl - Renuka Jeyapalan, Anneli Ekborn, Michael Gelfand
Hiro - Matthew Swanson, Oliver-Barnet Lindsay
Jack et Jacques - Marie-Hélène Copti
* Le Rouge au sol / Red - Maxime Giroux, Paul Barbeau
Snapshots for Henry - Teresa Hannigan, Charlotte Disher

Best Animated Short
Histoire tragique avec fin heureuse / Tragic Story with Happy Ending - Regina Pessoa, Patrick Eveno, Abi Feijò, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Marcel Jean
* The Danish Poet - Torill Kove, Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page

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