New gala, new triumph for Antigone. Less than two weeks after having shone’s Canadian screen Awards, the film director Sophie Deraspe has been crowned at the Gala Québec Cinema on Wednesday night thanks to a crop of six prizes including best film. The drama It was raining birds was also shown by winning three Iris including a posthumous performance by Andrée Lachapelle.
In addition to being away with the Iris for best film, Antigone, a contemporary adaptation of the play of Sophocles, was awarded the prize for best direction, best screenplay, best editing and best casting. The young main actress of the film, Nahéma Ricci, has put the hand on the Iris of the Revelation of the year.
Andrée Lachapelle has received, posthumously, the award for best actress.
Note : since the creation of the Gala Quebec Cinema (formerly the Jutra), in 1999, Sophie Deraspe is only the second filmmaker to win the award for best film, after Léa Pool, in 2016, for The passion of Augustine.
“Making a film is to work with a team and I had a special for Antigone “, stressed the director in accepting his award for best direction virtually live in it.
Matthias and Maxime Xavier Dolan walked away with three awards.
The year of the women
This edition 2020 of the Gala Quebec Cinema stood out already by a strong presence of women in the main categories, while six of the seven feature films vying for the Iris for best film have been made by women.
As a matter of fact, another filmmaker, Louise Archambault, was illustrated by getting the audience award with his film, It was raining birds. This drama adapted from the novel of the same title by Jocelyne Saucier has also allowed the late Andrée Lachapelle to win the Iris for best actress, and Gilbert Sicotte to receive the best actor award.
“Thank you to Andrée Lachapelle, I greet you at the top, my tender partner game,” responded Gilbert Sicotte in accepting her award, the show Hello Hello!.
“I want to dedicate this trophy to the seniors of Quebec who have been abused during this pandemic in places unspeakable. It must not be forgotten for the future, ” he added.
The drama Antigone has been crowned best film.
Three price for Dolan
Shunned in several important categories, the newest film by Xavier Dolan, Matthias and Maxime, is finally out of the woods with a harvest of three awards, including best supporting actress, awarded to Micheline Bernard.
Having been unable to present the gala in its usual form because of the pandemic, Québec Cinema has managed to cobble together a prize-giving virtual friendly enough which was, however, punctuated by a few discomfort caused mostly by technical problems. After a first portion presented online live from the Golden Lion, the latest winners of the gala have been announced on the air on the tv show good Evening good Evening!.
The main winners
Sophie Deraspe (Antigone)
Sophie Deraspe (Antigone)
Best first film
Sympathy for the devil
Andrée Lachapelle (It was raining birds)
Gilbert Sicotte (It was raining birds)
Best supporting actress
Micheline Bernard (Matthias and Maxime)
Best supporting actor
Sergio Castellitto (Mafia Inc.)
Revelation of the year
Nahéma Ricci (Antigone)
Best original music
Jean-Michel Blais (Matthias and Maxime)
Best direction of photography
Yves Bélanger (14 days and 12 nights)
The Film is being shown outside of Quebec
Matthias and Maxime
Price to the public
It was raining birds