The nominations for the 32nd annual Genie Awards were announced yesterday by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at simultaneous news conferences in Toronto and Montreal – the nominees are an eclectic mixed bag of projects. “2011 was a vintage year for Canadian films,” said Helga Stephenson, Interim CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, in an official press release. “Academy Members have a major challenge ahead of them.” Here are the top 6 Genie Award nominations.
This Jean-Marc Vallée film leads the pack with an incredible 13 nominations including Best Motion Picture. "Café de Flore" is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. The film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced successful DJ in present-day Montreal.
A film by David Cronenberg, "A Dangerous Method" received 11 nominations, rivalling "Café de Flore" for Best Motion Picture as well as Achievement in Direction. It explores the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein, the beautiful but disturbed young woman who comes between them.
Nominated for Best Motion Picture, "Monsieur Lazhar" follows Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant going through his own personal tragedy who tries to fill the space left by the sudden death of a teacher in an elementary school. Monsieur Lazhar is a look at a humble man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the silence and taboo of death.
A powerful suspense flick, "The Whistleblower" is based on the true story of Kathy Bolkovac (played by Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz), a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working for the United Nations as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she unveils a different reality: corruption and cover-up amidst a world of UN contingents, private contractors, and diplomatic doubletalk.
Just when he learns that Valérie is pregnant, perma-teen David Wosniak finds out he’s the father of 533 children and that all his children are trying to quash his sperm donor’s anonymity clause. Ultimately, David has to choose between a normal life with Valérie, and life as the father of 533 children, in the crowd-pleasing "Starbuck."
Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers possibly mutilating corpses in Afghanistan is buried, Luke (played by Nick Stahl) quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan to get the real story. With his offbeat buddy, Tom (Nicolas Wright), tagging along, Luke returns to Afghanistan and intends to gather enough evidence to get his old story into print.