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Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan wins coveted César Award for best director

French Canadian actor and film director Xavier Dolan speaks after winning the Best Editing award for "Juste la fin du monde" (It's Only the End of the World) during the ceremony of the 42nd Cesar Film Awards, at the Salle Pleyel, in Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. This annual ceremony is presented by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French Canadian actor and film director Xavier Dolan speaks after winning the Best Editing award for "Juste la fin du monde" (It's Only the End of the World) during the ceremony of the 42nd Cesar Film Awards, at the Salle Pleyel, in Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. This annual ceremony is presented by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques. Thibault Camus/AP Photo

Quebec film director Xavier Dolan has won the best director award at France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Dolan took home the honours for “It’s Only the End of the World,” while the film was also successful in the best actor and film editing categories on Friday.

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The film is about a dying writer who returns home to his estranged family.

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Canadian director Xavier Dolan on ‘The End of the World’
Canadian director Xavier Dolan on ‘The End of the World’

“I am very touched by your recognition tonight, among all this shining talent, which is so impressive,” he told the César ceremony.

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“For nearly 10 years now, since the very beginning, the French have always made room for me.”

Gaspard Ulliel won the César for best actor.

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Britain’s Ken Loach won the best foreign film award for “I, Daniel Blake” while Paul Verhoeven earned top honours in the best film category for “Elle.”

Isabelle Huppert won the best actress award for her performance in “Elle.”

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