presented its annual
Guichet d'or Award at the Montréal Police Headquarters, in the presence
of Michel Roy
, Chairman of the board. Now
in its third year, the Guichet d'or is awarded to the writer and
director of the French-language Canadian film with the highest grossing
domestic box-office sales from the previous year. The top earner for
2009 was the smash hit comedy De père en flic, which took in $10.5 million
following its Quebec
release last July. The winners of the
2009 Guichet d'or Award and accompanying cash prizes totalling $40,000
are Émile Gaudreault, co-writer and
director, and Ian Lauzon
"De père en flic has become the biggest French-language hit in Canadian
movie history, and we are pleased to reward this success by presenting
the Guichet d'or Award and cash prizes to Ian
Lauzon and Émile Gaudreault," said Michel
Pradier, Director, Project financing, at Telefilm Canada. "Telefilm strives to recognize the
success of the key talent behind Canadian cinema, because it is these
outstanding partners - the hardworking filmmakers, producers, promoters
and distributors - who keep our industry solid and vibrant."
De père en flic was produced by Denise Robert
and Daniel Louis for Cinémaginaire with
the financial support of Telefilm Canada.
The cast, starring Michel Côté and Louis-José Houde, also features Rémy
Girard, Caroline Dhavernas, Robin Aubert,
Patrick Drolet, Luc Senay, Pierre Collin, Normand D'Amour, Patrice
Coquereau, Jici Lauzon, Sylvie Boucher
and Jean-Michel Anctil.
De père en flic tells the tale of two cops, Jacques and his son Marc,
who don't get along but have to work together. Their mission: to save a
fellow officer who has been kidnapped by a biker gang. Success hinges on
the bikers' lawyer, Charles Bérubé, who is clearly suffering pangs of
guilt and appears ready to cooperate with the police. But getting to him
won't be easy. Jacques and Marc go undercover as real estate agents,
planning to approach Bérubé at a father-son therapy group in the forest.
Can they earn his trust and convince him to reveal all he knows? De
père en flic is a classic cop comedy combined with a hilarious look at
Last year's Guichet d'or Award winners were co-writers/directors Robert
Ménard and Michel Côté and co-writer Claire Wojas for the film Cruising
Bar 2. Michel Côté presented the award to the two 2009 winners.