It is with great happiness and a certain kind of relief that Gilbert Sicotte has received Wednesday evening the awards for best actor at the Gala in Quebec Cinema for her performance in the film, It was raining birds. “Receiving an award like that, in a period like the one we live in at the moment, it is like a boost. I really appreciate it “, he confided in an interview Thursday.
This price Iris arrives two years after his dismissal from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (where he taught for 30 years) because of allegations of psychological harassment. After dealing with this controversy that he doesn’t want to comment on today, the actor 72-year-old has bounced back by chaining the beautiful roles in movies, first It was raining birds, and then in Mafia Inc , and Maria Chapdelaine.
In most of the Iris presented to Gilbert Sicotte, It was raining birds won the audience award and best actress (given posthumously to Andrée Lachapelle).
“It is a great honour for Andrée [Lachapelle], pointed out Mr. Sicotte. I’m sure it would have been very touched. It is a beautiful hat that made him the film industry in quebec. […]. It was raining the birds is a movie that has much affected the people. It’s good to have the recognition of our peers, but also to the public. “
A tribute to the seniors
As Quebecers as a whole, Gilbert Sicotte has been shocked by the way seniors have been treated in homes for the elderly during the pandemic. This is the reason for which he wanted to dedicate his award in his thank-you message Wednesday. Even more than the film It was raining birds sets the scene of the characters ‘ ages that make the choice to go isolate themselves in the forest to enjoy some freedom during the last years of their life.
“I thought it was important to talk about this topic, because it touches me a lot, he entrusted. It was a big slap that one has received as a company. I was ashamed of this and I still have shame. I think that our society was aware of, but avoided talking about it. It is this that is terrible. But there, you have to face this problem and I hope they will do something to solve that. “
This is the third time that Gilbert Sicotte won a best performance award at the Gala in Quebec Cinema (formerly the Jutra). The two previous trophies had been awarded for his roles in The seller (in 2012) and Paul in Quebec (2016).