2014 Les Jutras: Archambault’s Gabrielle Wins Best Director & Screenplay, Louis Cyr Outmuscles Pack for Best Film

In a year that saw François Delisle’s Le météore (Sundance and Berlin Film Festival accepted film) receive no love (zero nominations), and Denis Côté’s critically well-received Vic + Flo Saw a Bear was perhaps too askew for the voting clique (it did grab best Actress for Quebec’s “Melissa Leo” in Pierrette Robitaille), it was a bigger than life biopic by helmer Daniel Roby that flexed its muscles, beating out the comp. The high gloss Louis Cyr won in several tech categories and it’s strongman Antoine Bertrand won for Best Actor. Considered the favorite to win the top prize, Gabrielle was awarded the Best Director and Screenplay awards for Louise Archambault. Oddly, that film received no Best Actress consideration while it did net Gabrielle Marion-Rivard a Best Actress win at Canadian Screen Awards. Here are the noms and winners of the 16th edition.

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Fnc 2013: Five Must See Films in the Focus Program

The 42nd Edition of Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema is just days away and the weight of an incredibly diverse and exciting program can intimidate even the most weathered cineaste. Combining the very best of big name and upcoming filmmakers, the festival has built its reputation on giving attention to groundbreaking and avant-garde cinema. Though sometimes eclipsed by the international selections, perhaps the greatest asset of the Fnc is its showcase of local talent. Every year, the Focus program takes a special look at the very best of independent and fresh cinema from Quebec and Canada.

Bringing together 18 feature length films and a wide selection of narrative and experimental shorts, this year’s line-up is strong and eclectic. For those who may not know what to see in this section, I have selected five films that I think are particularly interesting and worthwhile. Be sure to add your own recommendations in the comments below!
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