Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais wins 2014 Claude Jutra Award

The director wins the award for Whitewash, which also won the best new narrative director prize at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais has won the 2014 Claude Jutra Award for his feature film Whitewash, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced Wednesday.

“I’m extremely grateful to receive the Academy’s Claude Jutra Award,” said Hoss-Desmarais in a statement. “We were elated to have won the Best New Narrative Director prize at 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York but this incredible honour to be recognized by one’s own peers at home is deeply touching.”

Whitewash is Hoss-Desmarais first feature film. The dark comedy follows the story of Bruce Landry (played by Thomas Haden Church) after he runs over a man (Marc Labrèche) with his snowplow, buries the body, and then gets lost in the wintry wilderness of northern Quebec.

The film was co-written by Hoss-Desmarais with Marc Tulin, and was produced by Luc Dery and Kim McCraw. Whitewash is distributed internationally by eOne Entertainment, and by Les Films Christal in Canada.

Whitewash will be released theatrically in Quebec, and in Toronto and Ottawa, on Jan. 24.

The film also received two Canadian Screen Award nominations: best supporting actor for Labrèche’s performance, and Hoss-Desmarais and Tulin for best original screenplay.