MONTREAL — “Ma vie en cinemascope,” a biopic of 1940s Quebecois singer Alys Robi from producers Denise Robert and Daniel Louis (“The Barbarian Invasions”), led nominations for this year’s Jutra Awards with nine.
Last year, Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions” dominated the Jutras, Quebec’s film awards. This year’s awards should be more evenly spread, with three local pics in contention just behind “Cinemascope.”
Gritty bank-heist pic “Le dernier tunnel” has eight noms. Psychological drama “Elles etaient cinq” and offbeat romantic comedy “Les Aimants” landed seven apiece.
The contenders for film are “Ma vie en cinemascope,” “Les Aimants,” “Elles etaient cinq” and memory-loss drama “Memoires affectives,” which garnered five nods.
Three of the four nominees for picture also landed director noms. They are Denise Filiatrault for “Cinemascope,” Francis Leclerc for “Memoires affectives” and Yves Pelletier for “Les Aimants.” The fourth contender is Pierre Houle for “Monica la mitraille,” a biography of 1960s Montreal bank robber Machine Gun Molly.
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The Jutras ceremony will be broadcast live Feb. 20 on the Radio-Canada TV network.