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'Antigone' wins five trophies, including best picture, at Canadian Screen Awards
Published Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:03PM EDT
Nahema Ricci is seen in the film Antigone. (Association Coopérative des Productions Audio-Visuelles)
TORONTO -- The refugee drama "Antigone" was declared best motion picture on the final night of the Canadian Screen Awards as the film won five trophies, tying with "The Song of Names," which got the same amount.
"Antigone" is a modern-day adaptation of the Greek tragedy and stars Nahema Ricci as a Montreal teenager who helps her brother escape from prison to prevent him from being deported.
The francophone story from Montreal writer-director Sophie Deraspe has been a critical hit and was Canada's submission in the 2020 Oscar race for best international feature.
Deraspe won the Canadian Screen Award for adapted screenplay for the film, while Ricci took best actress.
"Antigone" also got awards for achievement in editing for Deraspe and Geoffrey Boulange, and best supporting actress for Nour Belkhiria.
Meanwhile, "The Song of Names" from Quebec director Francois Girard took trophies including best original score and best original song for Oscar-winning Canadian composer Howard Shore.