Director Daniel Roby and writer Sylvain Guy receive prizes
MONTREAL, June 5, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - At an event held this morning at
the Club Sportif MAA, Telefilm Canada presented its annual Guichet d'Or Award to director Daniel Roby and screenwriter Sylvain Guy for their film Louis Cyr: l'homme le plus fort du monde (Louis Cyr: The Strongest Man in the World).
The Guichet d'Or has been awarded annually for the past seven years to
the Canadian screenwriter and director of the homegrown French-language
feature film with the highest domestic box-office earnings in the
preceding calendar year. The winning screenwriter and director each
receive a cash prize of $20,000. In 2013, Louis Cyr: l'homme le plus fort du monde took in more than $4.2 million at the Canadian box office.
The Award was presented to the two winners by writer/director Luc Dionne, winner of the 2012 Guichet d'Or for the film Omertà. In addition to Daniel Roby and Sylvain Guy, several other members of Louis Cyr's cast and crew attended the event, among them the producers Caroline
Héroux and Stéphanie Héroux of Gaëa Films, producer and distributor
Christian Larouche of Christal Films, and actors Antoine Bertrand, Rose-Maïté Erkoreka, Gilbert Sicotte and Eliane Gagnon.
"While most prizes that recognize box-office performance are awarded to
producers and distributors, we wanted to instead pay tribute the
creative talents that bring our movie industry to life and drive its
success," said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada's Executive Director. "The Guichet d'Or Award is an
integral part of our promotional focus, and so we are very pleased by
the fact that the prize receives excellent media coverage every year."
Daniel Roby added: "When we decided to make a movie about Louis Cyr, we
wanted this larger-than-life character, who inspired so many people in
his time, to have a similar effect today on as many Quebecers as
possible. And in this particular case, we wanted audiences to
experience the Louis Cyr phenomenon in a movie theatre. As we all know,
many movie-lovers now wait for films to be released on digital
platforms so they can watch them at home. Faced with American
blockbusters, it's becoming more and more difficult to create a movie
experience that lives up to audience expectations and that generates
the word-of-mouth buzz needed to fill movie theatres. What I like about
box-office results is that the numbers don't lie. By achieving the best
box-office performance in the last five years for a Quebec film, I
think we can say, mission accomplished! Thank you to Telefilm Canada for recognizing, through this award, the
contribution that writers and directors make to the audience success of
our home-grown films."
Sylvain Guy further added: "Why audiences fall in love with a given
movie is a mystery that we unfortunately haven't yet solved. All we can
do is work as hard as we can, to put our heart and soul into a project,
to make that magic happen. And when the miracle happens and we have a
hit, we shouldn't hesitate to celebrate it loud and clear. A big thank
you to Telefilm Canada for having supported Louis Cyr at all stages of its creative process and for marking its success in
such a gratifying way."
Over the years, Telefilm's Guichet d'Or has been awarded, successively,
to the directors and writers of the features Les 3 p'tits cochons, Cruising Bar 2, De père en fils, Piché: entre ciel
et terre, Starbuck and Omertà.
An award-winning film
Louis Cyr: l'homme le plus fort du monde won nine Jutra awards, including the prizes for best film of the year,
artistic direction, sound, makeup, hair and costume design, as well as
the Billet d'Or Cineplex (Cineplex Golden Ticket). The film's stars
also picked up Jutra awards, with Antoine Bertrand winning the prize
for best actor and Guillaume Cyr the honour for best supporting actor. Louis Cyr also picked up two prizes at the Canadian Screen Awards, for achievement
in art design and costume design.
Louis Cyr: l'homme le plus fort du monde is distributed in Canada by Christal Films and abroad by eOne
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Image with caption: "(L-R): Luc Dionne, Michel Pradier (Telefilm Canada), Carolle Brabant (Telefilm Canada), Stéphanie Héroux (Gaëa Films), Christian Larouche, Caroline Héroux (Gaëa Films), Gilbert Sicotte, Antoine Bertrand, Eliane Gagnon, Marie-France Godbout (Telefilm Canada), Rose-Maïté Erkoreka, Daniel Roby and Sylvain Guy. (CNW Group/Telefilm Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140605_C8762_PHOTO_EN_41138.jpg
SOURCE: Telefilm Canada
For further information:
Douglas Chow, Telefilm Canada
(514) 283-0838, ext. 2225 or 1-800-567-0890