Pandemic obliges, it was online that the Gala Quebec cinema was held this Wednesday evening. Partly, at least. In fact, after around twenty Iris prizes awarded by co-hosts Élise Guilbault, Mani Soleymanlou and Guillaume Lambert, the celebrations are carried to the show Good evening ! by Jean-Philippe Wauthier where the last winners were revealed. Still crowned with its recent Canadian Screen Awards, the powerful Antigone, by Sophie Deraspe, solidified his reign over the past cinema year, winning in the categories of best film, directing, script, editing, role distribution and revelation of the year for his vibrant star Nahéma Ricci.
Many expected the ultimate laurel to be played between Antigone and just as beautiful Kuessipan, from Myriam Verreault, a film that ultimately won nothing at all. Pinching.
Feature film with the most nominations, thirteen, It was raining birds, by Louise Archambault, or a love of the last chance on a sylvan background, did not go away empty-handed. It was written in the sky, rightly so, since it is overwhelming: Andrée Lachapelle posthumously received the Iris for best actress in a leading role. His partner Gilbert Sicotte was awarded the best actor in a leading role. The film also delighted the Audience Award.
In terms of supporting roles, the charismatic Sergio Castellitto got his hands on the statuette on the male side for his unpredictable godfather composition in Mafia Inc., while on the feminine side, it’s the wonderful Micheline Bernard, dreamed mother in Matthias & Maxime, which comes out victorious.
A word on this superb ode to friendship between guys, and more if affinities, signed Xavier Dolan: because of incomplete data, this film having competed for the Palme d’Or had not been selected in the production category being the most famous outside Quebec. Not only was the misunderstanding resolved, but the film won in the said category. With the best music, Matthias & Maxime will have won three prizes.
same for me Sympathy for the devil, biography of war correspondent Paul Marchand, Iris for best first film (for director Guillaume de Fontenay), best sound and best visual effects.
A pivotal vintage
As for the fundamentally original The twentieth century, unbridled portrait of Mackenzie King imagined by Matthew Rankin, it is four Iris that it is, that is, better artistic direction (we hoped no less), better costumes, hairstyle and makeup.
One price, but not the least, for 14 days 12 nights : that of the best photo director given to the gifted Yves Bélanger. In the department of short films were rewarded, in fiction, Just you and me, by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers, and in animation, Physics of sadness, by Théodore Ushev.
On the front of the documentary, it’s Xalko, by Sami Mermer and Hind Benchekroun, on Kurdish women who hold their village at arm’s length in the absence of the exiled men, which seduced the voters.
And then, it is without forgetting the much-deserved Iris tribute given to the Abenaki documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, who for nearly fifty years, has denounced, enlightened and inspired. Moreover, the Gala Québec cinema 2020 will have resolutely combined with the feminine given its track record dominated by Antigonewhich is great.
Already upstream, six of the seven titles selected for Iris for the best film are the work of women: an unprecedented case that we can only rejoice at. A decisive film year, no doubt. Ultimately, we keep in mind the sweet gaze of Andrée Lachapelle, and that, ablaze, of Nahéma Ricci: complementary memories of a vintage hinge.