Oscar Contender 'War Witch' Nominated for Directors Guild of Canada Award

"War Witch"

The Congo child-soldier drama will compete for best feature, even as Kim Nguyen is overlooked in the best director category at the kudofest.

TORONTO -- Kim Nguyen's Congo child-soldier drama Rebelle (War Witch) on Thursday received a nomination for best feature film at the upcoming Directors Guild of Canada Awards.

But despite earlier sweeping the Canadian Screen Awards and the Jutras, Quebec's film awards, Montreal-based helmer Nguyen was overlooked in the DGC kudofest’s best direction - feature film category.


The French-language pic Rebelle, which also contended at the Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category, will compete at the DGC Awards in the best feature category against Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, Michael McGowan’s Still Mine and Sean Garrity’s My Awkward Sexual Adventure.

The best feature direction competition will see Moving Day’s Mike Clattenburg vie against Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais for Whitewash, Still Mine’s McGowan and Sudz Sutherland for Home Again.

Sutherland also received a nomination in the best TV movie direction category for The Phantoms, a CBC telepic.

And the best dramatic series competition will see The Borgias and Continuum face off against Flashpoint, which recently ended a five-season run, and Saving Hope.

The 12th annual DGC Awards will be handed out Oct. 26 in Toronto.

A full list of DGC Award nominees is available at www.dgc.ca.