MONTREAL — Canuck helmer-scribe Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies” swept Quebec’s Jutra Awards on Sunday night, winning nine of the 10 prizes it was nominated for including film, director, screenplay and best actress for Belgian thesp Lubna Azabal.
Based on the play by Lebanon-born Montreal playwright Wajdi Mouawad, “Incendies” is the story of two adult siblings who return to the Middle East following their mother’s death to unravel the mysteries of their family history.
Azabal, who plays the mother, was competing against co-star Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin in the best actress category.
The dark drama will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S. in April.
On Thursday “Incendies” was the top winner at Canada’s Genie Awards, where it won eight laurels including film, director, adapted screenplay and actress.
Claude Legault won the Jutra for actor for his portrayal of a case worker who tries to help a messed-up kid in “10 1/2.”
Dorothee Berryman nabbed best supporting actress for “Cabotins,” a comedy about a troupe of aging actors, and Jean Lapointe was named best supporting actor for his turn as a cranky old man searching for his son in “Crying Out.”
Lapointe was also given a lifetime achievement award at the gala, held at the Theatre St. Denis in Montreal, which was broadcast live on French-language pubcaster Radio-Canada Television.
“Barney’s Version,” which won seven Genies, won Jutras for make-up (Adrien Morot) and hairstyling (Rejean Goderre).
Xavier Dolan’s “Heartbeats” won as the film that had the most success outside Quebec, a recognition of its success in France.
The Billet d’Or for best box office performer went to “Piche, entre ciel et terre,” a biopic of an airline pilot who made an emergency landing after his plane ran out of fuel.