TRAILERS: Toronto Film Festival announces winners

Ahram Online , Monday 15 Sep 2014

Top prize goes to The Imitation Game by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) concluded its marathon of screenings on Sunday, handing out top prize to Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game.

The Grolsch People's Choice Award crowns the latest production by the Norwegian filmmaker, starring Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch as a pioneering mathematician who cracked the enigma code during WWII. 

The Imitation Game

Meanwhile, the Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award went to Beats of the Antonov by Sudanese war reporter and documentary filmmaker Hajooj Kuka. Centered on cultural heritage and traditions, the film chronicles the lives of residents of the Blue Nile and Nuba mountain region.

Beasts of the Antonov

The Midnight Award went to What We Do In The Shadows, a USA/New Zealand mockumentary about vampires.

What We Do in the Shadows

Set in Montreal, Felix and Meira explores the intricacies of love, religion and tradition. The third feature by Montreal-born director Maxime Giroux grabbed the romantic Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film.  

Bang Bang Baby by Jeffrey St. Juls was awarded the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film, which is selected annually by a professional jury crowning a Canadian filmmaker making their feature debut.

Bang Bang Baby

A jury of industry professionals also selects the winner of Best Canadian Short Film, which went this year to The Weatherman and The Shadow Box. Meanwhile, A Single Body scooped the Best International Short Film Award.

Competing in the Discovery section of TIFF, French rapper Abdel Malik made his directorial debut May Allah Bless France!, taking home the International Critics’ Prize. The film is based on his autobiography originally published in 2004.

Meanwhile, the same prize in the Special Presentations category went to Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, starring charming Hollywood lead Richard Gere.

The jury award to best Asian film from a first or second-time feature director went to Margarita, with a Straw.

 

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