Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves) wins the 2016 Barry Convex Award!
In 2015 Spectacular Optical initiated an annual film award to be given out at the Fantasia International Film Festival for the Best Canadian Feature making its World or Canadian Premiere at the festival. Named after the head of the fictional Spectacular Optical in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, the Barry Convex Award is a physical award designed by renowned Canadian artist Gary Pullin, as well as a $1000 cash prize courtesy of the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.
The jury for 2016 consisted of Kier-La Janisse, Paul Corupe and Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare. As with last year (which awarded Larry Kent’s She Who Must Burn), we were very impressed with all the films in the competition, and would like to give an honorable mention to Lawrence Cote-Collins’ Ecartee, which was a close runner-up and a masterful exercise in voyeuristic suspense.
The film that won the award this year involved three directors who are no strangers to accolades at the festival. Together they created a post-apocalyptic western with a unique structure that is at times fierce and confrontational and at other times heartbreaking, and featuring a great ensemble cast whose moving performances transcend their star power.
We are pleased to give the Barry Convex Award this year to Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves) by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior and Eduoard Tremblay.