TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - “Polytechnique,” a French-language movie that relives the 1989 massacre of 14 women by a crazed gunman in Montreal, dominated Canada’s film awards on Monday, winning nine Genies, including best picture.
Its haul also included best director for Denis Villeneuve, actress for Karine Vanasse, and supporting actor for Maxim Gaudette, who played the role of gunman Marc Lapine.
The Quebec movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, was accused of sensationalism by some local commentators. It led the Genie field with 11 nominations.
Other Genie winners at the Toronto ceremony included “Dawson’s Creek” veteran Joshua Jackson for his lead role in the road movie “One Week.”