CATEGORIES Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Awards, Shorts, Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematical Indie, Toronto Film Festival, Awards, CinematicalThe Toronto International Film Festival drew to a close last night, but before that happened, awards were handed out. As reported by indieWIRE, the People's Choice Award went to David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. The film, which opened this weekend in the US in limited engagements, has been widely, though not unanimously, praised. Our own Ryan Stewart concluded: "As it stands, Eastern Promises is entertaining and dramatically satisfying to an extent, but it won't bring in nearly as much box-office borscht as Cronenberg's superior previous film." Runners-up were the comedy Juno and the doc Body of War.
The prize for Best Canadian Feature Film was awarded to Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. As I noted yesterday, the film has been picked up for US distribution by IFC Entertainment. Monika Bartyzel called it "a thoroughly funny and engaging journey that informs through entertainment, rather than verbose exposition." The Best Canadian First Feature Film went to Stéphane Lafleur's Continental, un film sans fusil. The festival's description sounds intriguing: "The disappearance of [a] businessman triggers unexpected, elliptical relationships among four solitary characters desperately searching for companionship." Chris Chong Chan Fui's Pool won for Best Canadian Short Film.
A vote of the 1,000 member festival press corps determined the winner of the Discovery Award: Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán's adventure-filled drama Cochochi, from Mexico. Another Mexican film, Rodrigo Plá's La Zona, won the FIPRESCI Prize, determined by an international jury of critics that included Scott Foundas of the LA Weekly. Anahí Berneri's Encarnacion, from Argentina, captured the Artistic Innovation Award. The complete list of winners is available at the festival's site.