'Louis Cyr' leads in nominations for Jutra Awards

Film director Louise Archambault poses for photographers after her film, "Gabrielle" was named as Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in Montreal. "Gabrielle," the heartwarming story of a developmentally challenged woman that was Canada's submission for the Oscars, has been nominated for nine Jutra awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL - Louis Cyr, a Quebecer once touted as the strongest man in the world, has proven to be a mighty contender at the Jutra Awards celebrating the best in the province's cinema.

"Louis Cyr: l'homme le plus fort du monde" leads the pack with 11 nominations.

Close behind, with nine, is "Gabrielle," the heartwarming story of a developmentally challenged woman that was Canada's submission for the Oscars."Le Demantelement," about the breakup of a family farm, follows with six.

"Louis Cyr," "Gabrielle" and "Le Demantelement" are up for best picture, along with "Diego Star" and "Catimini."

"Tom a la ferme" by Xavier Dolan is a finalist in the category for film most honoured outside Quebec, along with "Le Demantlement," "Gabrielle," "Inch'Allah and "Vic + Flo ont vu un ours."

The Jutra Awards, Quebec's equivalent of the Oscars, are named for renowned director Claude Jutra. They will be given out March 23.