AWAY FROM HER, EASTERN PROMISES Win Big at 28th Genie Awards

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Sarah Polley at the 28th Annual Genie AwardsHere’s no big surprise: Sarah Polley, a darling of Canadian cinema, along with her outstanding debut film Away From Her, were the toast of the town, er, country, at Canada’s 28th annual Genie Awards.

The quiet little film, which also received a couple of Oscar nominations, won in the following categories:
:: Motion Picture
:: Director, Sarah Polley
:: Actor, Gordon Pinsent
:: Actress, Julie Christie (screw you, Marion Cotillard!)

:: Supporting Actress, Kristen Thomson
:: Adapted Screenplay, Sarah Polley
:: The Claude Jutra Award, given each year to the best feature by a first-time filmmaker

David Cronenberg at the 28th Annual Genie AwardsClose behind Polley’s first-time outing was the work of a true veteran: David Cronenberg (right). His violent Eastern Promises won awards for cinematography, editing, supporting actor (Armin Mueller-Stahl), sound, sound editing and original screenplay.

It shouldn’t shock any fan of Canadian or international film that the two standout movies are also the ones with a solid audience in the U.S. and other regions. Popular is popular, and there’s no doubt the Canadian film industry wants to continue being seen as a major contributor on the world stage. Selecting its most recognized films as winners is one way to do that…

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