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Top 10 Canadian Films at Cinema du Parc, and something about the Genies

Posted by Andrés / March 11, 2011

20110311_canadatop10.jpgThe Genie Award winners were announced last night. This time of year, award ceremonies are a weekly phenomena. Names such as Oscar and Grammy tend to overshadow names such as Juno or Polaris, so it comes as no surprise that the majority of people I meet tend to furrow a brow when I mention the Genies. Consider yourself informed: they are the Canadian film awards. Not television, music or magic: film. And yes, the results are always more or less interchangeable with the Jutras (more on this later).

Cinéma du Parc is offering anyone interested a chance to catch up on what the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) has deemed the Top 10 Canadian Features of 2010, as well as the top short films. Including a smattering of English and French-language films, the yearly list is usually an indication of the best produced and best received locally-crafted films. For the most part, these films have the most nominations in the Genies - with a few exceptions (10-1/2 is notably absent, and The Trotsky was in TIFF's 2009 list).

Apart from these two, the ten feature-length and ten shorts should cover most of the bases. Starting on Friday with THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, the series goes on until Thursday's screening of TRIGGER. In between you can catch single showings of TROIS TEMPS APRÈS LA MORT D'ANNA, INCENDIES, LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES, LAST TRAIN HOME, CURLING, BARNEY'S VERSION, SPLICE, and MODRA. The short films play every night at 9pm.

Four of the films originate from Québec, and are also in the running for Jutra awards. These last are the Québec film awards (FYI). No surprise, a Québec film once again won Best Picture at tonight's Genies. Villeneuve's Incendies was also nominated for an Oscar this year. In the acting categories, the Genies sucked up to the Hollywood stars by giving out awards to Paul Giamatti (okay, deserved), Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver. I guess this somehow makes the Genies more "international" or something. Lame. While there is the occasional good English-language Canadian film, the Genies tend to disregard strong independent productions in lieu of star-f(udg)ing. I tend to recommend skipping these and just waiting for the Jutras results. If you're reading this and had no idea the Genies were tonight, you have inadvertently skipped them and done yourself a favour. The Jutras are March 13th. At least you don't have to deal with stinkers like Passchendaele.

Check out Cinéma du Parc's schedule here.
Check out the Genie Awards winners list here.

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