Quebec film industry may re-name awards show amid pedophile allegations

MONTREAL -- The agency that runs Quebec's film industry has formed a committee to determine whether to keep its awards show named after a well-known director who is alleged to have slept with young boys.

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Claude Jutra died in 1986.

He was considered so important to the history of the province's film industry that it named its annual awards show -- and trophies -- after him. Winning one is considered highly prestigious among directors.

Yves Lever's biography comes out Tuesday and includes four pages of testimony from close friends of Jutra who allege he slept with boys. There are no interviews with alleged victims.

Quebec Cinema says it will follow the case and make recommendations if more information comes to light.

Culture Minister Helene David calls the allegations troubling but says people should not rush to judgment without all the facts.

Jutra's best-known films include "Mon oncle Antoine" and "Kamouraska," with the latter starring Genevieve Bujold.


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