MONTREAL — “Seraphin: Heart of Stone,” Quebec’s top-grossing homegrown film, has won the Golden Reel Award as top box office performer of the year, it was announced Thursday by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
The Golden Reel will be handed out as part of the Genie Awards ceremony in Toronto on May 1.
“Seraphin,” which was released in late 2002 in Quebec, generated C$9.6 million ($7 million) for distrib Alliance Atlantis. The French-language period drama set in rural Quebec has received six Genie nominations including Karine Vanasse for actress and Roy Dupuis for supporting actor. Pic is directed by Charles Biname and produced by Lorraine Richard for Cite-Amerique.
” ‘Seraphin’ reflects the extraordinary success at home and abroad of French-language cinema over the course of the past year,” said Richard Stursberg, exec director of Canuck film promoter Telefilm Canada. “This shows that when we make movies that appeal to Canadian audiences, to their history and culture, we can achieve extraordinary results.”
The Academy will give Montreal helmer Sebastien Rose the Claude Jutra Award for first-time filmmaker for comedy “How My Mother Gave Birth to Me During Menopause.” Pic is produced by Roger Frappier and Luc Vandal for Max Films, and is distributed by Alliance Atlantis.
“This film marks the arrival of an exciting new talent who deals with difficult comedic material and gives it an original and inventive spin,” Academy chair Paul Gratton said.