MONTREAL, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television (ACCT) announced earlier this week that this year's Claude
Jutra Award, recognizing the achievements of a first-time filmmaker,
has been granted to Jepthé Bastien for his feature-length film, Sortie 67 (Exit 67.) Bastien will officially receive the award at the 31st Annual Genie Awards on March 10, 2011.
"To simply say that I'm happy would be an understatement. I'm deeply
moved by this recognition from my peers. Sortie 67 is the embodiment of my entire being and I yearned to share it with the
world. This honour is above and beyond what I could ever have
expected," he stated.
Sortie 67 instantly received a warm welcome by the media upon its theatrical
release on November 5, 2010. The film tells the story of an eight year
old bi-racial boy who sees his life turn upside-down after witnessing
the brutal murder of his mother by his father. Often moved from one
foster home to the next, Ronald is ultimately recruited by another
family, a street gang, where he dwells in a life of crime and
violence. Against all odds, he decides to take control of his destiny.
Jephté Bastien follows in the footsteps of previous Claude Jutra
award-winners Xavier Dolan (J'ai tué ma mère - 2010) and Yves-Christian Fournier (Tout est parfait - 2009.)
The Claude Jutra Award
The Claude Jutra Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a
first-time feature filmmaker. Established in honour of renowned Quebec
director Claude Jutra, this special award is chosen by the Genie
Nominating committee, a group comprised of Academy members, filmmakers,
critics, and industry professionals from across Canada.
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