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DRC-Set 'War Witch' ('Rebelle') Sweeps Canadian Academy Screen Awards

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 3, 2013 at 10:09PM

Congratulations to director Kim Nguyen, star Rachel Mwanza, and the rest of the crew and cast that made War Witch (Rebelle) possible!
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Congratulations to director Kim Nguyen, star Rachel Mwanza, and the rest of the crew and cast that made War Witch (Rebelle) possible!

The film picked up 10 trophies at the The Canadian Screen Awards (Les prix Écrans Canadiens) this evening - awards given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television recognizing excellence in Canadian film, TV, and digital media productions.

What's even more impressive is that the War Witch (which lost the Best Foreign Language Oscar to Austria’s Amour last week) was nominated in 12 categories. So while it wasn't quite a clean sweep, 10 out of 12 certainly isn't anything to sneeze at!

The 10 wins include nods in major categories like best picture, best direction (for Kim Nguyen), best actress (for Rachel Mwanza), best supporting actor (for Serge Kanyinda), best original screenplay (also for Nguyen), and more. 

Star of the Democratic Republic Of the Congo-set tale, newcomer Mwanza, previously won the prestigious Golden Bear award for best actress at the Berlin Film Festival earlier last year, when the film began its international travels, collecting critical acclaim throughout its journey.

The film is about a young Congolese girl and child soldier named Komona (played by Mwanza), her fight for survival and struggle to find some normalcy and peace in her life.

The multi-award-winning film opened in USA theaters on Friday, March 1, through Tribeca Film, in New York, and will expand to other markets through June.

It's a film that we encourage you to see in the theater, but if you can't wait until it comes to your city, it's also currently available on demand, so you could watch it right now!

Here's the full list of Canadian Screen Awards winners, courtesy of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

BEST MOTION PICTURE

REBELLE / WAR WITCH – Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION

KIM NGUYEN – Rebelle / War Witch

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

JAMES CROMWELL – Still Mine

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

SERGE KANYINDA – Rebelle / War Witch

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

RACHEL MWANZA – Rebelle / War Witch

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

SEEMA BISWAS – Midnight’s Children

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

KIM NGUYEN – Rebelle / War Witch

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

SALMAN RUSHDIE – Midnight’s Children

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

EMMANUEL FRECHETTE, JOSÉE ARSENAULT – Rebelle / War Witch

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

NICOLAS BOLDUC – Rebelle / War Witch

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

XAVIER DOLAN, FRANÇOIS BARBEAU – Laurence Anyways

ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

RICHARD COMEAU – Rebelle / War Witch

TED ROGERS BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY

STORIES WE TELL – Anita Lee, Sarah Polley

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

THE BOXING GIRLS OF KABUL – Annette Clarke, Ariel Nasr

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP

COLLEEN QUINTON, MICHELLE CÔTÉ, KATHY KELSO, MARTIN LAPOINTE – Laurence Anyways

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE

HOWARD SHORE – Cosmopolis

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG

EMILY HAINES, JAMES SHAW, HOWARD SHORE – Cosmopolis – Long to Live

ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND

CLAUDE LA HAYE, DANIEL BISSON, BERNARD GARIÉPY STROBL – Rebelle / War Witch

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

MARTIN PINSONNAULT, JEAN-FRANCOIS B. SAUVÉ, SIMON MEILLEUR, CLAIRE POCHON – Rebelle / War Witch

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

DENNIS BERARDI, JASON EDWARDH, MATT GLOVER, TREY HARRELL, LEANN HARVEY, JO HUGHES, ETHAN LEE, SCOTT RIOPELLE, ERIC ROBINSON, KYLE YONEDA – Resident Evil: Retribution

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA

THROAT SONG – Miranda de Pencier, Stacey Aglok MacDonald

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

PAULA – Julie Roy, Dominic Étienne Simard



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