J'ai tué ma mère wins best film at Jutra Awards
Controversial Polytechnique earns most statues at Quebec film awards
But it was Polytechnique, director Denis Villeneuve's dramatic recreation of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, that finished with five awards, including best director.
Quebec's film elite gathered at Montreal's Tohu Centre on Sunday night to celebrate the province's finest cinematography with the 12th annual Jutra Awards.
Xavier Dolan, the current darling of Quebec cinema, was visibly moved as he accepted the best film award for his upstart, semi-autobiographical film debut about a young gay man who struggles in his relationship with his mother.
Dolan wrote, directed and starred in the film, which he wrote when he was 17.
"What's important, in the end, is what people felt during the film, because its truth doesn't lie," he said.
"I'd like to thank my mother, with whom I share a very different love story ... thank you to my mother, for her free and loving education. Thank you to my mother, for being my mother."
Anne Dorval, who plays Dolan's mother in his film, was honoured with a Jutra for best actress.
Denis Villeneuve's somber Polytechnique walked away with five awards including best director, best cinematography, best sound and best editing and best supporting actor (Maxime Gaudette, who plays shooter Marc Lépine).
In accepting his award, Villenueve stressed that his film "wasn't perfect" but that it was an honour to direct.
Dédé à travers les brumes won four awards, including best actor (Sébastien Ricard), best artistic director, best music and best costumers. The film explored the troubled life of Dédé Fortin, former Les Colocs frontman who committed suicide in 2000.
Film producer René Malo was honoured with a Jutra-Hommage award for his lifelong commitment to Quebec filmmaking. The producer of Denys Arcand's iconic Decline of the American Empire used his acceptance speech to call for more film pirating policing.
Malo urged federal Heritage Minister James Moore for tougher laws to clamp down on pirating, which he warned "will become the cancer of our industry, just as it is in the music industry."
Other Jutra awards:
- 1981 (director Ricardo Trogi): Best supporting actress (Sandrine Bisson), Best hairstyling.
- Robe de guerre (Patrice Sauvé): Best animated film.
- Last Train Home (Lixin Fan): Best documentary film.
With files from the Canadian Press