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'Polytechnique' wins nine Genie Awards

French-language film nabs best picture, director, actress

TORONTO -- "Polytechnique," a French-language movie that relives a 1989 Montreal college massacre of 14 women by a crazed gunman, on Monday night dominated the Genies, Canada's film awards, with nine trophies, including best film.

Denis Villeneuve earned a Genie for best director for "Polytechnique," Karine Vanasse won for best actress, and Maxim Gaudette, who played the role of gunman Marc Lapine, earned the best supporting actor prize.

The Quebec movie, which bowed in Cannes last year as part of the Directors' Fortnight, stirred controversy in French-speaking Canada when it was released last year for appearing to sensationalize a mass killing.

The film's producers, Maxime Remillard and Don Carmody ("Chicago"), were on hand in Toronto to accept the best picture hardware for "Polytechnique," which also took home a slew of craft awards.

Other Genie winners included the best actor trophy going to Joshua Jackson for his star turn in the Canadian road movie "One Week," and "A Hard Name" picking up the Genie for best feature documentary for directors Alan Zweig, Kristina McLaughlin and Michael McMahon.

A full list of Genie winners can be found at here.