Incendies, the devastating story of how a terrible secret followed a family of immigrants from the Middle East to their new home in Montreal, was named best picture Thursday at the Genie Awards, which honours the best in Canadian cinema. In addition, Denis Villeneuve was named best director and Belgian actress Lubna Azabal won the Genie for best actress. In total, Incendies won eight Genies. Barney’s Version, based on Mordecai Richler’s best-selling book -which had led the pack with 11 nominations -took seven Genies, including prizes for its high-profile actors.Paul Giamatti was named best actor for his performance as Barney Panofsky, the cynical, romantic and unlikely leading man. Calgary’s Myron Hyrak was nominated for Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design for Fubar II.

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