An awards jury named him best director and gave him the Ecumenical Prize on Saturday in the resort town of Karlovy Vary. The festival is one of Europe’s more prestigious film events and Camion was the only Canadian entry in the film competition.
The winner of the festivals grand prize, the Crystal Goblet, was Norwegian Martin Lund for The Almost Man.
Camion is about a a truck driver – played by Julien Poulin – who goes into a deep depression after he’s involved in an accident with his truck that leaves a woman dead. His two sons – played by Patrice Dubois and Stéphane Breton – try to help him battle his demons. It is Ouellet’s most high-profile film to date and will open in Quebec on Aug. 17.
The festival paid special tribute to Susan Sarandon during its ceremony with a lifetime achievement award for the Thelma and Louise star.
Sarandon dedicated her win to the late writer and director Nora Ephron, the writer direct behind When Harry Met Sally.
"I dedicate this to Nora Ephron, my friend and a wonderful director and writer," she said, drawing a standing ovation.
Other winners at the festival
- Special jury prize:Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy by Marco Tullio Giordana of Italy.
- Best documentary: Sofia's Last Ambulance by Ilian Metev of Bulgaria.
- Best actress: Leila Hatami of Iran in The Last Step.
- Best actor: Henrik Rafaelsen of Norway in The Almost Man.