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As the Tiff came to an end yesterday, all of the award winners were announced in the official press release. The annual event, which was founded in 1976, concluded after ten days of celebration. This cornucopia of filmic pleasures included a diverse range of screenings; from Hollywood blockbusters to homegrown and international efforts.
Gareth Evan’s The Raid (Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, and Yayan Ruhian) scooped up the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. The release of the high-octane martial arts thriller is highly anticipated, and looks as though it will not disappoint.
Here is the full list of winners:
The 36th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel today.
All three Canadian awards below were selected by a jury of film professionals. The feature film jury consists of actor Liane Balaban The short film jury members are Sundance programmer Jon Korn »
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"A largely non-competitive festival, Toronto gives out very few awards," notes Twitch editor Todd Brown, "the most prominent of which are the People's Choice picks, three awards given based on audience ratings of the films with one each awarded to the Midnight Madness section, the Real to Reel documentary section and the overall festival at large." And as an executive producer on The Raid, his congratulations to the film's team for winning the People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness are particularly jubilant. The runners-up are Adam Wingard's You're Next and Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America, and roundups on both are on the way, but first:
"Audiences will be scrambling to find enough compound adjectives to describe Gareth Huw Evans hard-driving, butt-kicking, pulse-pounding, bone-crunching, skull-smashing, blood-curdling martial arts siege movie, The Raid," writes David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter. "Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions grabbed Us rights prior to Toronto »
As I sit here in the Toronto airport waiting for my flight back to New York City, Tiff has announced their winners of the 2011 fest. The top prize, recently given to films that would go on to win Best Picture including The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire, has gone to something unexpected. In my ten days and almost 40 screenings attended, I didn’t hear a single person mention it.
The Cadillac People’s Choice Award, voted on by fest audience was the drama Where Do We Go Now?, directed by Nadine Labaki. The official synopsis reads, “set against the backdrop of a war-torn country, [the film] tells the heartwarming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within.” I supposed we can look for it in the Best Foreign Oscar race. Runners »
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Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Award Nadine Labaki for Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Midnight Madness Award Gareth Evans for The Raid Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award Jon Shenk for The Island President The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Discovery Axel Petersén for Avalon The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Special Presentation Gianni Amelio for The First Man Canadian Awards City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature Philippe Falardeau for Monsieur Lazhar Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film Nathan Morlando for Edwin Boyd Award for Best Canadian Short Film Ian Harnarine for Doubles with Slight Pepper Where Do We Go Now? photo: Tiff »
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HollywoodNews.com: And this year’s winners of the Toronto International Film Festival are:
Cadillac People’s Choice Awards
As voted by Festival attendees:
Cadillac People’s Choice Award
Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award
As voted by the Canadian Film Jury
City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature
Philppe Falardeau for Monsieur Lazhar
Award for Best Canadian Short Film
The International Film Critics’ Awards
The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Discovery
The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Special Presentation
Gianni Amelio for The First Man
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The Toronto International Film Festival has lined up 25 features for its Discovery program. All the descriptions that follow are from the festival. Additional notes and more are on the way.
Pablo Giorgelli's Las Acacias. A truck driver has been charged with transporting a woman on the long journey from Paraguay's border to the city of Buenos Aires. He is totally unprepared for the extra passenger that will accompany them, the woman's infant daughter Jacinta, whose penetrating gaze eventually disarms his gruff exterior. Subtle and poignant, Giorgelli's 2011 Camera D'Or winner is a movingly beautiful road movie highlighted by stunning performances. (See the Cannes roundup.)
Tomás Lunák's Alois Nebel. Stories from the past and present converge at a small railway in Billy Potok, a tiny village on the Czech-Polish border. The local dispatcher, Alois Nebel, is a loner who prefers old timetables to people and has hallucinations of trains passing »
After four separate announcements (here, here, here and here), the Toronto International Film Festival has rounded out their official line-up with the final slate. The big films from their Masters line-up includes Cannes favorites Le Havre, The Kid with the Bike, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia and Restless. We also getting the Sundance hit Pariah. Check out the last round of films below and head over here to see the entire schedule.
North American Premiere
Somewhere in South-East Asia, in a little lost village on a wide and turbulent river, a European man clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. Working freely from Joseph Conrad’s debut novel, Akerman tells the story of a trader in 1950s Malaysia whose dreams of a Western life for his Malay daughter slowly lead to destruction. A quest for the absolute, »
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Tiff's Discovery section is loaded with 25 features including World Premiere items in Dain Said's Bunohan, Ngoc Dang Vu's Lost in Paradise, Sebastián Brahm's Roman's Circuit, Emmanuelle Millet's Twiggy and Avalon from Swedish helmer Axel Petersén. Among the noteworthy mentions that are headed to Venice, they've got a must-see pair in Tomáš Lunák's Alois Nebel (see image above), Susan Youssef's Habibi, while I'll be keeping an eye out for Locarno preemed Ruslan Pak's Hanaan. From Cannes Directors' Fortnight section they've nabbed Karl Markovics' Breathing, Rúnar Rúnarsson's Volcano, Rebecca Daly's The Other Side of Sleep and they've got the Camera D'Or winner Las Acacias which played in the Critics' Week. An item that I thought was headed to Sundance but will instead show in Toronto is Ryan O'Nan's The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best and speaking of Sundance... Focus Features will use Tiff to showcase Dee Rees's Pariah. »
8 items from 2011
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