Drama and romance sweep Jutras

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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