Incendies sweeps Jutra Awards

Denis Villeneuve's Incendies wins nine prizes at the awards ceremony celebrating Quebec's film industry.

Denis Villeneuve's Incendies swept Quebec's 13th annual Jutra Awards, winning nine prizes, including best film, director and actress.

The Montreal filmmaker's adaptation of Lebanese-Canadian Wajdi Mouawad's play earned a raft of trophies at the annual celebration of the Quebec film industry, held Sunday night at Théâtre St-Denis in Montreal.

Incendies follows siblings who return to their mother's homeland in the Middle East to unravel the mysteries of her past. It also earned a best screenplay award for Villeneuve and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne.

Lubna Azabal won for her portrayal of the heroine in Incendies, after winning a Genie in the same category last week. The film had captured a leading eight Genies in total — including best film and director — and had also been nominated for an Oscar.

Claude Legault won the best actor Jutra for his role as a case officer who helps a delinquent boy in Daniel Grou's social drama 10½.

Dorothée Berryman picked up the best supporting actress prize for her work in the comedy Cabotins, directed by Alain Desrochers.

The best supporting actor trophy went to Jean Lapointe for the drama À l'origine d'un cri. Lapointe's film career was also honoured with the Prix Jutra-Hommage, a lifetime-achievement award.

Other Jutra winners included:

  • Cinematography - André Turpin for Incendies
  • Art direction - André-Line Beauparlant for Incendies
  • Sound - Sylvain Bellemare, Jean Umansky and Jean-Pierre Laforce for Incendies
  • Editing - Monique Dartonne for Incendies
  • Original score - Guy Bélanger and Benoît Charest for Route 132
  • Costumes - Sophie Lefebvre for Incendies
  • Makeup - Adrien Morot for Barney's Version
  • Hair styling - Réjean Goderre for Barney's Version
  • Documentary - Pierre Falardeau (Carmen Garcia et German Gutierrez)
  • Most successful film outside Quebec - Les amours imaginaires
  • Short - M'ouvrir
  • Animated film - Les journaux de Lipsett