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Canada at the Oscars
27th Annual Genie Awards
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Nominees for best motion picture
by: Feb 5, 2007 Print

Box-office successes from French Canada dominate a strong short list of contenders for best motion picture at this year's Genies. Four of the nominees cracked the domestic box office's top 10 for 2006, although only Bon Cop, Bad Cop has sold well internationally.

Kevin Tierney's buddy action pic surpassed Porky's 25-year domestic box-office record with more than $12 million in receipts, The Rocket nearly hit the $5-million mark, and Un dimanche à Kigali took in $1 million, almost all of it in Quebec. The black comedy Guide de la petite vengeance managed more than $500,000, while Trailer Park Boys The Movie recorded nearly $4 million. Including TPB, three of the five best pic nominees are comedies.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Producer: Kevin Tierney
Director: Érik Canuel
Writers: Leila Basen, Alex Epstein, Patrick Huard, Kevin Tierney
Starring: Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, Lucie Laurier, Pierre Lebeau, Rick Mercer
Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm
Box office: $12.3 million

Best-actor nominee Colm Feore offered theatergoers in Kitchener, ON half their money back if they didn't like his buddy cop movie, but nobody complained and Bon Cop cruised to a new Canadian box-office record in 2006. Strengths include Feore's chemistry with costar Patrick Huard and director Érik Canuel's crafting of a Hollywood look and feel on a beer budget.

Guide de la petite vengeance/The Little Book of Revenge
Producers: Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal
Director: Jean-François Pouliot
Writer: Ken Scott
Starring: Marc Béland, Pascale Bussières, Gabriel Gascon, Michel Muller
Distributor: TVA Films
Box office: $570,000

Screenwriter Ken Scott and director Jean-François Pouliot examine another universal human desire in this black comedy follow-up to their box-office smash La Grande séduction. Spineless accountant Bertrand (Marc Béland) has an unenviable life: his wife no longer loves him and his boss (Gabriel Gascon) goes to great lengths to abuse him. But a chance meeting shakes up his boring existence, and leads to the perfect plan for revenge.

Maurice Richard/The Rocket
Producers: Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
Director: Charles Binamé
Writer: Ken Scott
Starring: Roy Dupuis, Julie Le Breton, Stephen McHattie, Patrice Robitaille, Rémy Girard
Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm
Box office: $4.8 million

A powerful lead performance by Roy Dupuis (appearing next as Lt. Gen. Roméo Dalliare in Shake Hands with the Devil) fuels the Cinémaginaire biopic of Habs legend Maurice Richard. Written in both national languages by dual-nominee Ken Scott (also nom'd for Guide de la petite vengeance), the story spans 20 years in the life of "The Rocket," culminating in the infamous Richard Riot, which, according to the film, helped revitalize Quebec nationalism.

Trailer Park Boys The Movie
Producers: Barrie Dunn, Mike Clattenburg, Michael Volpe
Director: Mike Clattenburg
Writers: Mike Clattenburg, Robb Wells
Starring: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth, Hugh Dillon, Cory Bowles
Distributor: Odeon Films
Box office: $3.9 million

"God knows we could all use more comedy in our cinema," said Telefilm Canada head Wayne Clarkson prior to the Boys' migration from small-screen success on Showcase to big-screen debut. While they didn't put up Porky's-like numbers, Ricky, Bubbles and Julian satisfied their cult audience and then some, scoring enough coin to float the idea of a potential franchise. As Ricky would say, "It ain't rocket surgery, but it's all ours."

Un dimanche à Kigali/A Sunday in Kigali
Producers: Lyse Lafontaine,
Michael Mosca
Director: Robert Favreau
Writers: Robert Favreau,
Gil Courtemanche
Starring: Luc Picard, Fatou N'Diaye, Céline Bonnier, Louise Laparé,
Geneviève Brouillette
Distributor: Equinoxe Films
Box office: $1.04 million

Following the Rwandan genocide, Quebecois documentary filmmaker Valcourt (Luc Picard) returns to the war-ravaged city of Kigali in search of his Tutsi lover, Gentille (Senegalese-born Fatou N'Diaye). Adapted by director Robert Favreau from a novel by Quebec journalist Gil Courtemanche, the romantic drama shot exclusively on location in Rwanda. In addition to its seven Genie noms, it's also up for 12 Prix Jutra.

Playback predicts the winner:

Playback editorial staff, along with their scores from last year's Genie Awards predictions, includes: Mark Dillon (2/4), Sean Davidson (2/4), M-Michelle Hille (2/4), Marcus Robinson (1/4), Marise Strauss (N/A) and Matthew Hays (1/4)

Last year's winner: C.R.A.Z.Y.

Playback predicts the winner:
Bon Cop, Bad Cop: SD
Maurice Richard/The Rocket: MD, MR, MMH, MH
Un dimanche à Kigali/A Sunday in Kigali: MS



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