It’s a wrap for the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival – which announced its award recipients.
|Detroit Unleaded by Michigan director wins at TIFF.|
Detroit Unleashed from Michigan director Rola Nashef was the inaugural winner of the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize to put toward her next project. Nashef’s film tells the story of a young American of Lebanese background whose father is killed leaving him to take over the operation of the family’s gas station.
|Still from Seven Psychopaths.|
Winning the Blackberry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award -- or cool award as audiences willing to stand in long lines in the dark at midnight refer to it -- was Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. It was known early on that this film would win something at TIFF! Single ticket sales for the witty dognap caper sold out in minutes. Even scalpers could not get seats. The story follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.
“McDonagh (who worked with Farrell previously on the witty hit men-on-holiday-caper In Burges) plays with pop-cinema conventions to offer a wryly wacky commentary on psycho-killer thrillers...,” said TIFF’s programmer. First runner up was Barry Levinson’s “The Bay.”
Seven Psychopaths is due in theaters Oct. 12.
|A scene from Silver Linings Playbook|
|Director/actor Ben Affleck in a scene from Argo.|
During a press conference in Toronto Affleck thanked Canada on behalf of himself and his fellow Americans.
“It’s really a movie about
Canadian heroics and the relationship between Canada and America,” Affleck
said. “Once you see the movie, you’ll see how it resonates, the theme of,
‘Thank you Canada.’”
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu
Affleck’s appearance in Toronto also supported the festival’s premiere of Terrence Malick’s romantic rumination, “To the Wonder,” featuring Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko. Affleck plays an American whose relationship to a woman he met overseas turns cold, leaving him drifting back toward a childhood love.
|A scene from Blackbird featuring Connor Jessup.|
Other TIFF awards included:
- Blackberry People’s Choice Documentary Award – Bartholomew Cubbins for Artifact. First runner up was Storm Surfers 3D by Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan.
- NETPAC Award for Best World or International Asian Feature Film Premiere – Sion Sono’s The Land of Hope.