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Four Concordians up for Jutra awards

Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema alumni and lecturers nominated for 2012 Jutra awards
February 6, 2012
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By Howard Bokser

Four Concordians are certainly looking forward to the Jutra awards, which recognize achievement in the Quebec film industry. The event is set for Radio-Canada broadcast on Sunday, March 11.

Micheline Lanctôt is a part-time film production instructor at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. | Photos courtesy of Métropole Films Distribution
Micheline Lanctôt is a part-time film production instructor at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. | Photo courtesy of Métropole Films Distribution

Nominees from Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema include part-time film production instructor Micheline Lanctôt. Her film, Pour l'amour de Dieu, is vying for six Jutras including best director. Lanctôt is a veteran Quebec director, actor and screenwriter. Her latest film follows a young girl who finds refuge in religion to escape her tense family atmosphere.

Graduate Mathieu Tremblay, BFA 08 (film animation) is up for best animated film for D’aléas, a  monochromatic work that animates the rhythms of a roaring train. Tremblay completed a 3D digital art program at l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002 before arriving at Concordia, and he has worked on own films for the past four years.

Left: A scene from Micheline Lanctôt’s feature film, Pour l'amour de Dieu. Right: A promotional image from Micheline Lanctôt’s feature film.
A scene from Micheline Lanctôt’s feature film, Pour l'amour de Dieu (at left) and a promotional image from Micheline Lanctôt’s film (at right). | Photos courtesy of Métropole Films Distribution

Another alumnus, Dominic Étienne Simard, attendee 02 (film animation), received a best animated film nod for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) film, Paula. The black and white work stylistically portrays a child who witnesses an act of violence toward a prostitute. Simard recently won the NFB’s Cinéaste recherché(e) competition, which provides an opportunity for emerging artists to make their first professional, animated film.

Finally, Luigi Allemano, a film animation lecturer, created the sound and music for another Jutra nominee, Dimanche. The NFB film, directed by Patrick Doyon, is also nominated for a 2012 Academy Award in the Animated Short Film category. Winners will be announced during an ABC network broadcast on Sunday, February 26.

Related links:
•    Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
•    "The sound of Oscar-nominated music" – NOW, February 6, 2012
•    2012 Jutra award nominees
•    National Film Board of Canada’s Dimanche trailer
•    National Film Board of Canada’s Paula trailer
•    Pour l'amour de Dieu website
•    D’aléas website



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