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A71 picks up Hot Docs selection 'My Enemy, My Brother'

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A71 picks up Hot Docs selection 'My Enemy, My Brother'
Hot Docs runs from April 27-May 7.

A71 has acquired My Enemy, My Brother ahead of the film’s world premiere at Hot Docs on Saturday (29).

Ann Shin directed the story of two former enemies who become blood brothers after one, an Iranian boy who left home to join the army, saved the life of the other, an Iraqi conscript, during the Iran-Iraq War. The men lost contact for 25 years until they were reunited.

My Enemy, My Brother began as a short film and was shortlisted for the Oscar in 2015. The feature will screen again in Hot Docs on May 1 and May 6.

“We are very happy to have acquired the Canadian rights to My Enemy, My Brother,” David Miller, co-president of A71 Entertainment, said. “Ann and her team obviously had such great success with the short, and they did a fantastic job turning this into a powerful feature length story.”

Shin also produced. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, [link
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Alex Ozerov talks his breakthrough role in Natasha

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Alex Ozerov understands upheaval.

The 23-year-old actor was born in Russia, moved to Ukraine when he was young, and when his parents divorced he settled in England with his mother. She eventually came to Canada and Ozerov had to wait three years before he was allowed to join her.

It was while living with his mom in Toronto that he saw something that changed his life.

“I was watching TV, the Disney Channel I think, and I saw these kids having so much fun and being so confident and secure with themselves on camera,” says Ozerov on the line from his apartment in Los Angeles. “I was like, ‘Wow!’ I was never a secure kid, never confident, my self-esteem was quite low with moving around a lot, so I saw those kids and I go, ‘Mom, I want to try this, I want to do this.’” That spark ignited an acting career.
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See the North: Recent Canadian Cinema from an Oscar-Nominee and Newcomers at IFC Center

This weekend New Yorkers will have a change to dive into a selection of the best recent Canadian cinema thanks to a showcase created by Tiff and Telefilm Canada appropriately called "See the North." On April 1, 2 and 3 2016, audiences at the IFC Center in New York City will be treated to this curated program of Canada’s finest creative talent, with directors in attendance for intros and Q+A’s.

The series includes the most recent work my Oscar-nominated filmmaker Philippe Falardeau ("Monsieur Lazhar"), an Lgbt-themed debut, and a drama starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.

Here is the full lineup:

"Closet Monster" – Ontario/Newfoundland

A film by Stephen Dunn

Starring Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Aliocha Schneider, Sofia Banzhaf, Jack Fulton, Mary Walsh, Isabella Rossellini

Rt: 90min

U.S. Distributor: Strand Releasing

Screening: 4/1 at 9:30pm with intro and Q + A from director Stephen Dunn

Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

An East Coast teenager and aspiring special-effects makeup artist (Connor Jessup, Blackbird, 2012 Tiff Rising Star) struggles with both his sexuality and his fear of his macho father, in this imaginative twist on the coming-of-age tale from first-time feature director Stephen Dunn.

"The Demons" (Les démons) – Quebec

A film by Philippe Lesage

Starring: Edouard Tremblay-Grenier, Pier-Luc Funk, Pascale Buissière

Rt: 118min

Sales Agent: FunFilm Distribution

Screening: 4/2 at 9:30pm with intro and Q + A with director Philippe Lesage

While Montreal is in the throes of a string of kidnappings targeting young boys, 10-year-old Felix is finishing his school year in the seemingly quiet suburb where he lives. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of everything. Little by little, his imaginary demons begin to mirror those of the increasingly disturbing world around him.

"Into the Fores" – British Columbia/Ontario

A film by Patricia Rozema

Starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund, Wendy Crewson

Rt: 101min

U.S. Distributor: A24 Films

Screening: 4/1 at 7:00pm with intro and Q + A from director Patricia Rozema

Two sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) struggle to survive in a remote country house after a continent-wide power outage, in this gripping apocalyptic drama by one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers.

"My Internship in Canda" (Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre) – Quebec

A film by Philippe Falardeau

Starring Patrick Huard, Irdens Exantus, Clémence Dufresne-Deslières and Suzanne Clément

Produced by Luc Déry, Kim Mccraw

Rt: 108min

Sales Agent: Film Distribution

Screening: 4/2 at 7:00pm with intro and Q+A from director Philippe Falardeau

Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament representing a vast county in Northern Quebec who unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of determining whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, daughter and Souverain (Sovereign) Pascal, an idealistic intern from Haiti, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents and face his own conscience. This film is a sharp political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head while tearing democracy to shreds.

"Our Loved Ones" (Les Êtres Chers) – Quebec

A film by Anne Émond

Starring: Maxim Gaudette, Karelle Tremblay, Valérie Cadieux, Mickaël Gouin

Rt: 102min

Sales Agent: Wide Management

Screening: 4/3 at 7:00pm with intro and Q+A from director Anne Émond

The story begins in 1978 in a small town on the Lower St.-Lawrence where the Leblanc family is rocked by the tragic death of Guy, found dead in the basement of the family home. For many years, the real cause of his death is hidden from certain members of the family, his son David among them. David starts his own family with his wife Marie and lovingly raises his children, Laurence and Frédéric, but deep down he still carries with him a kind of unhappiness. Our Loved Ones is a film of filial love, family secrets, redemption and inherited fate. Featuring 2015 Tiff Rising Star Karelle Tremblay.

"Sleeping Giant" (Le géant endormi) – Ontario

A film by Andrew Cividino

Starring: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino, Reece Moffett, David Disher, Erika Brodzky, Katelyn McKerracher, Lorraine Philp

Rt: 90min

U.S. Distributor: FilmBuff

Screening: 4/3 at 9:30pm with intro and Q+A from director Andrew Cividino

City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Spending his summer vacation on rugged Lake Superior, teenager Adam befriends Riley and Nate, smart-aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with pranks, vandalism and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret sets in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.
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DVD Review – A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

A Christmas Horror Story, 2015.

Directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban and Brett Sullivan.

Starring William Shatner, Rob Archer, Michelle Nolden, George Buza, Jeff Clarke, Shannon Kook, Adrian Holmes, Percy Hynes White, Orion John, Zoé De Grand Maison, Amy Forsyth, Alex Ozerov and Olunike Adeliyi.

Synopsis:

A radio show host narrates four interwoven horror stories, all set on Christmas Eve.

Attempting to do for Christmas what Trick ‘r Treat did for Halloween, A Christmas Horror Story is an anthology movie that follows the lead set by the aforementioned Trick ‘r Treat and intertwines its stories, breaking off from one particular group of people’s circumstances and switching to another, and then to another, and then back again. There are four stories altogether, all set in the town of Bailey Downs (a reference to the town in Ginger Snaps and Orphan Black) on Christmas Eve and held together by local radio DJ
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The Breakouts: 9 Up-and-Coming Actors to Watch For at the Toronto International Film Festival

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The Breakouts: 9 Up-and-Coming Actors to Watch For at the Toronto International Film Festival
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open Connor Jessup ("Closet Monster") Why You May Know Him: The Toronto native has appeared in a handful of network television series, including "Falling Skies" and an upcoming turn in the second season of "American Crime," but his burgeoning film career also includes a starring role in the 2012 indie "Blackbird," which saw him headlining Jason Buxton's dramatic feature as a bullied teen pushed to terrible ends.  What He's Bringing to Toronto: Jessup stars in Stephen Dunn's "Closet Monster" as a confused teenager struggling to fit into the world while also attempting to overcome a haunting event from his youth. Creative and intense, Jessup's Oscar Madly is forced to contend with problems both inside and outside his home. Dunn's film looks to be a deep and artistic.
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Fortissimo adds 'Closet Monster' to Cannes slate

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Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights to Canadian filmmaker Stephen Dunn’s directorial debut Closet Monster.

Currently in post-production, the English-language coming-of-age drama follows a creative and imaginative teenager who has spent years destabilised by his dysfunctional parents, unsure of his sexuality and haunted by horrific images of a childhood trauma.

Connor Jessup (Falling Skies, Blackbird) plays the teenager. The film also features a talking hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini.

The film was produced by Rhombus Media (The Red Violin, Blindness) and Best Boy Entertainment with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation and The Harold Greenberg Fund and Rogers Telefund. Canadian distribution will be handled by Elevation Pictures.

Dunn’s short films have won awards at festivals including Toronto and Tribeca. In 2015, his short film series Pop-Up Porno created a sensation at Sundance.

The deal for international rights was finalised by Fortissimo Films’ chairman Michael J. Werner and producers Fraser Ash and Kevin Krikst
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Media Events International (Mei Group) and A71 Entertainment Launch New Canadian Indie Film Series

A brand new “Canadian Indie Film Series” is being launched in 2015 helmed by Canadian cinema event distributor Mei Group and Canadian Indie distributor A71 Entertainment.

The team has secured a commitment from Landmark Cinemas Canada - 17 screens across the country to host "Canadian Indie Night" the first Wednesday of every month beginning in March 2015. The series will also utilize Mei's growing Canadian Alternative Cinema Network of theaters for event and limited run showings.

“The goal of the series is to provide audiences and film fans with wider access to the growing number of internationally recognized indie films that are being produced in this country," says Chad Maker, President of A71 Entertainment. "There's a new breed of extremely talented storytellers emerging in Canada and this series has the ability to celebrate and promote them to audiences across the country..”

"We are extremely delighted to bring Canadian films to audiences through Landmark and our growing list of alternative cinemas," adds Thomas Miller, President of Mei. "We have had great success with our opera, ballet, Shakespeare, art and concert series, and are excited to now include Canadian feature films to the Mei stream of content."

"It's Landmark's 50th year as an exhibitor in Canada and we have a number of exciting things planned for this year, so adding the “Indie Film Series” to our anniversary celebration is a great fit. As supporters of Canadian Film, and independent film, we think this is a very exciting venture," said Kevin Norman, Vice-President, Filmed Entertainment Landmark Cinemas Canada.

The series will launch with a web portal in January geared towards film-goers and indie theater owners, as well as in-theater promotion and trailers highlighting the upcoming titles for 2015. A71 and Mei are currently in discussion with several Canadian independent distributors and producers to secure additional titles for the series.

About Media Events International (Mei Group):

Mei Group is a Canadian distribution company dedicated to bringing unique alternative programming to its network of over 40 independent cinemas, performing arts centers, and colleges and universities as well as over 30 Landmark Cinemas Canada across the country. Mei specializes in all the major categories of the performing arts – including opera, ballet, theater, art, concerts and now Canadian feature films.

About A71 Entertainment Inc.:

A71 Entertainment Inc. is a new distributor on the Canadian feature film landscape. The company, founded by Chad Maker, David Miller and Kirk Comrie in 2013, is focused on bringing high-quality festival films to theaters. Its fourth release, "It Was You Charlie," launched in August of this year. A71 has also released "Blackbird,""The Husband" and "Algonquin." Upcoming releases include the award-winning "Siddarth" and the recent Tiff Top Ten selection "In Her Place"

.About Landmark Cinemas Canada:

Landmark Cinemas Canada is the second largest motion picture theater exhibition company in Canada, and 10th largest in North America. Landmark Cinemas Canada owns and operates 48 theaters with 331 screens, including five IMAX®, four 'Extra' and the new extra large 'Xtreme' screen theater, featuring the first installation in Canada of Barco's Auro 11.1 3D immersive sound. Landmark Cinemas provides state of the art digital movie going experiences, including the best box office hits and alternative content. Located now throughout Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon Territory, we are proud of our ability to be engaged in our communities at the local level.
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Distribution: Corpus, River, Style find Us homes

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Distribution: Corpus, River, Style find Us homes
Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing Wnith Redemption.

The film is about Terrence McNally’s Off-Broadway play Corpus Christi and will be released on DVD and VOD on October 14.

The distributor has also acquired Jason Buxton’s thriller Blackbird and releases it on the same platforms on October 7.

Richard Abramowitz’s Abramorama has launched a joint venture with Social Capital Films as the partners acquired Us theatrical rights to Martin Shore’s award-winning music documentary Take Me To The River.

The film follows multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians including Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars, Otis Clay, Charlie Musselwhite and Snoop Dogg as they collaborate on a new album.

Take Me To The River will open on September 12 and premiered at SXSW, where it won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award. Abramowitz brokered the deal with ICM Partners for the film-makers.

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Distribution: Corpus Christi, River find Us homes

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Distribution: Corpus Christi, River find Us homes
Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing Wnith Redemption.

The film is about Terrence McNally’s Off-Broadway play Corpus Christi and will be released on DVD and VOD on October 14.

The distributor has also acquired Jason Buxton’s thriller Blackbird and releases it on the same platforms on October 7.

Richard Abramowitz’s Abramorama has launched a joint venture with Social Capital Films as the partners acquired Us theatrical rights to Martin Shore’s award-winning music documentary Take Me To The River.

The film follows multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians including Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars, Otis Clay, Charlie Musselwhite and Snoop Dogg as they collaborate on a new album.

Take Me To The River will open on September 12 and premiered at SXSW, where it won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award. Abramowitz brokered the deal with ICM Partners for the film-makers.
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Marina Cordoni launches new venture

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The executive producer and former Breakthrough Entertainment executive Marina Cordoni has set up her new venture and announced a partnership with Breaking Glass Pictures in the Us.

Marina Cordoni Entertainment will provide one-stop shop services for various stages of feature production, as well as financial pre-production negotiations and competed sales, marketing and release strategies.

Serving as executive producer, Cordoni will work alongside established film-makers to take projects to green light. Wearing her sales agent cap, Cordoni will handle deals for Canadian release and international distribution.

Under the deal with Breaking Glass Pictures, Cordoni will represent that company’s available films for Canada and bring Breaking Glass Canadian films for Us distribution.

The first deal is for Blackbird, Nova Scotia film-maker Jason Buxton’s Toronto 2012 winner of the Best Canadian First Feature award. Breaking Glass has taken all rights to the film.

“This year represents an exciting turning point for me,” said Cordoni
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What’s on at this May’s McM London Comic Con?

The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.

Special Guests

Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling SkiesDrew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of ThronesJames Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days.
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Trans Atlantic Partners names 26 producers for 2013

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Trans Atlantic Partners names 26 producers for 2013
Exclusive: Participants include Germany’s Sol Bondy, Jennifer Fox [pictured] from the Us, and Canada’s Lauren Grant.

Trans Atlantic Partners (Tap), the intensive training and networking programme for European Canadian and American producers, has announced the 26 participants selected for this year’s programme.

Partners on the initiative, which is now four years old, are the Erich Pommer Institut in Potsdam, Germany (the creator of Tap), Strategic Partners in Halifax, Canada and Ifp in New York. The scheme also includes observer producers from India and Mexico.

Tap is supported by the Media Mundus Programme of the European Union, by Telefilm Canada, and Vff (Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH) Germany.

The three training modules are taking place in Berlin, Halifax and New York City between June and September 2013. The selected producers also participate in the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners and the Ifp’s Independent Film Week in New York.

Nadja Radojevic
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Harmony Lessons tops Seattle awards

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Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons won the 39th Seattle International Film Festival’s Best New Director grand jury prize on Sunday [9] as top brass handed out jury and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

The Siff 2013 Best Documentary grand jury prize went to Penny Lane’s Our Nixon and Lucy Walker earned a special jury prize for The Crash Reel, while Kyle Patrick Alvarez took the Best New American Cinema grand jury prize for C.O.G.

In the audience awards, Henk Pretorius’ Fanie Fourie’s Lobola won the Best Film Golden Space Needle Award and Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet From Stardom took the corresponding documentary prize.

The Best Director Golden Space Needle Award went to Nabil Ayouch for Horses Of God, while best actor was awarded to James Cromwell for Still Mine and best actress to Samantha Morton for Decoding Annie Parker.

The Best Short Film Golden Space Needle Award was presented to [link
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Academy Award-nominated, African-set Child Warrior Drama Tops Genie Awards 'Replacement'

Canadian Screen Awards 2013 nominations: War Witch rules The Genie Awards are dead, long live the Canadian Screen Awards! Well, in truth, the Genie Awards aren’t exactly dead; they’ve just been transmogrified, along with Canadian television’s Gemini Awards, into the aforementioned Canadian Screen Awards, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. But Genie or Canadian Screen, once again a Québécois production dominates the nominations roster. (Photo: Rachel Mwanza in Kim Nguyen’s War Witch.) Kim Nguyen’s Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nominee Rebelle / War Witch, the story of a (very) young African rebel fighter, received a total of 12 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Berlin Film Festival’s Best Actress Rachel Mwanza), Best Supporting Actor (Serge Kanyinda), and Best Original Screenplay (Nguyen). War Witch follows in the heels of recent Quebec-made Genie Award powerhouses and eventual Best Picture winners such
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Viff 2012: Blackbird is a Complex Teen Drama [Review]

So far the story looks and sounds typical but Blackbird steers clear of most cliches, and from the moment of Sean's incarceration writer/director Jason Buxton breaks away from expectation and develops a tale that is more complex than many of its counterparts. Sean's jail stint is only the beginning of his journey and for the second half of the movie, we watch him struggle to break away from preperceptions. He's been marked and though some believe his innocence, a large part of the townsfolk are still suspicious and even those who know Sean is harmless take advantage of public perception to further injure the teen. [Continued ...]
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Festival du Nouveau Cinema: Reygadas, Franco, Ozon, Vinterberg, Larrain, Mungiu and Sarah Polley Headline 41st Edition

Montreal’s Festival Du Nouveau Cinema (10.10 – 10.21) announced their line-up today for their 41st edition and among the smorgasbord of subtitle offerings dating back to this year’s Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Tiff editions, we’re knee-deep in avant-garde world cinema from the established auteurs Assayas, Vinterberg, Ozon, Sang-Soo, Joao Pedro Rodriguez, Larrain, Loach, Reygadas, Ghobadi, Mungiu and Miguel Gomes. Heavy on offerings from Quebec and France, the fest also manages to offer a stellar snapshot of the up-and-comers from all corners of the globe. Among the notable titles in the (Competition category) International Selection we’ve got Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, Ursula Meier’s Sister, Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s Francine (which received its theatrical release earlier this month) and Rodrigo Plá’s La Demora. Loaded in Cannes items, the Special Presentations is the fest’s A-list selections (see filmmakers named above) and the one pic
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"Silver Linings PLaybook" Triumphs at Toronto International Film Festival! See Full List of Award Winners"

David O. Russell's dramedy, "Silver Linings Playbook" took home the Blackberry People's Choice Award at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the seriocomic novel by Matthew Quick, Russell also wrote the screenplay starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker.

Distributed by The Weinstein Company, "Silver Linings Playbook" joins previous Tiff winners "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," and "Precious." The dramedy is certainly in great Oscar company!

Runners-up were Ben Affleck's "Argo" and Eran Riklis' "Zaytoun."

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival:

People's Choice Award:

"Silver Linings Playbook," directed by David O. Russell

Runners-up: "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck and "Zaytoun," directed by Eran Riklis

People's Choice Award For Documentary:

"Artifact," directed by Bartholomew Cubbins

Runners-up: "Storm Surfers 3D," directed by Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan," and "Revolution," directed by Rob Stewart
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Silver Linings Playbook Wins Tiff Audience Award

David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook got a boost in the Oscar race as was named the top audience prize winner in Toronto on Sunday.

The idiosyncratic blend of comedy and drama went on to become a sleeper hit at Tiff which took everyone by surprise.

A perfectly calibrated comedy which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence has won the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award – contenders included Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Ben Affleck’s Argo, the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas and Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder.

The other big winner was the ultra-violent black comedy Seven PsychopathsMartin McDonagh‘s latest film about dogknapping and screenwriting won the People’s Choice Midnight Madness award.

Here’s the full list via Tiff.net:

BlackBerry People’s Choice Award:

Silver Linings Playbook directed by David O. Russell

Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles and
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A Golden Lining: Awards and Movie Deals announced at Tiff

Keep a Modest Head

Silver Linings PlaybookTo conclude the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, the award winners were feted with a luncheon reception held at the Intercontinental Hotel. Receiving the $10,000 cash prize for Best Canadian Short Film was Deco Dawson for Keep a Modest Head while an honourable mention was given to Crackin’ Down Hard by Mike Clattenberg. Xavier Dolan was lauded with $30,000 cash as Laurence Anyways won the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film sponsored by the City of Toronto. Taking home $15,000 cash were Brandon Cronenberg and Jason Buxton whose respective films Antiviral and Blackbird tied for the Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film. The Prize of the International Critics (Fipresci Prize) for Special Presentations was presented to Francois Ozon’s Dans la maison (In the House) and Call Girl by Mikael Marcimain received the second Fipresci Prize for the Discovery programme. Beating out
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"Silver Linings" Wins Tiff. Here's What It Means Statistically For Oscar.

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up today (movies are still being projected, though, even as I type) and the awards are out. Silver Linings Playbook took the Audience Prize, which is usually a good sign for Oscar. 10 of the 34 past winners have gone on to Best Picture nominations with 4 eventually winning the top prize (The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, American Beauty and Chariots of Fire). That group of 34 films also includes 1 Best Documentary Oscar winner and 9 Best Foreign Language Film nominees (5 of them eventual winners.)  It's not fail safe of course. Last year's winner Where Do We Go Now? looked strong for Oscar foreign play but wasn't nominated and the previous winner's list includes various sixth-slotters like Amélie and Hotel Rwanda which didn't quite make their respective Best Picture lineups. But to make this long story much shorter this is the silver lining for Silver Linings come December; expect big golden things.
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