Last night, the best in Canadian film was celebrated in a star-studded gala known as the Genies.

The night’s biggest winner, was hardly a surprise. The Oscar nominated Monsieur Lazhar picked up a total of six Genies including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Lead Actor (Mohamed Fellag) and Best supporting actress for Sophie Nélisse, who is only eleven years old. 

David Cronenberg’s psychoanalytical thriller, A Dangerous Mind, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightly (None of them Canadian) won five Genies including best art direction, Howard Shore best musical score and best supporting actor for Mortensen.

Before the Genies were handed out, Café de Flore went into the night with the most nominations.  The movie is of note, particularly because it stars Johnny Depp‘s girlfriend Vanessa Paradis.  In the end, the movie walked away with only three Genies, but one of them was for the mother of Depp’s children, who one for Best Actress.

Congrats to all the winners, it looks like it was fantastic night!

Mike Morrison


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