32nd Annual Genie Awards
I had the opportunity to attend this year’s 32nd Annual Genie Awards which took place at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. With a strong buzz going around about one of the best years inCanadian cinema, it was a really exciting event to be a part of.
George Stroumboulopoulos hosted centre stage while Richard Crouse led an engaging Q&A with all the winners in the press room.
Monsieur Lazhar stole the show with six Genie awards including Best Director and Best Picture. Director Philippe Falardeau was spirited as always and gave words of encouragement to filmmakers across the country saying “Be bold, be persistent, be wild, be a little delinquant and take risks”.
When asked about his experience at the Oscars he said “It was a good general rehearsal for tonight” - a very sincere statement that expressed his pride in being part of the Canadian film industry. He also addressed the Canadian public saying “Go see them, not because they’re Canadian films but because they’re good films.”
Along with Monsieur Lazhar, some great contenders were in the running this year including Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Jean-Marc Vallees Cafe de Flore and Larysa Kondracki’s Whistleblower - all amazing films in their own right.
It was a very inspiring night for Canadian cinema.