Whistler: 'Felix and Meira' Makes Clean Sweep of Borsos Competition
Maxime Giroux drops F-bomb at Canadian film festival awards show
Canadian director Maxime Giroux on Sunday swept the Borsos competition at the Whistler Film Festival with Felix and Meira, and turned the air blue in the West Coast ski resort.
The French-speaking director kept his speech short when taking to the stage to accept the Borsos trophy for best screenplay from Beverly Hills 90210's Jason Priestley: "What can I say, I'm very happy." When he returned a minute later to receive the trophy for best director in the Borsos competition, Giroux fist-pumped as he exclaimed: "I'm very happy!"
But when Giroux accepted the Borsos' best Canadian feature prize, the overjoyed director added: "Now I'm f—ing happy!" His hardware haul wasn't over, as Giroux reappeared onstage to accept the best actress award for Hadas Yaron for her star turn in Felix and Meira.
"Well, she's super happy," the director said, ever snappy in his acceptance speeches. Oscilloscope Laboratories bought the U.S. distribution rights to Felix and Meira after its world premiere in Toronto, where it also landed the best Canadian feature prize.
The indie focuses on Meira, a young Hasidic woman played by Yaron, who leaves her faith to start a romance with a young man (Martin Dubreuil). In other jury prize-giving, Madeleine Grant's The Backward Class, a film about the first graduating class of a special private school for promising low-caste children in India, won the best world documentary award.
The best mountain culture film award went to Mike Douglas' Snowman. The Whistler Film Festival, which closes on Sunday evening with a world premiere for Snowman, will unveil its audience award on Monday. Priestley's directorial debut, Cas & Dylan, won the audience award at Whistler last year.