With TIFF drawing to a close this weekend, it is of course time for the winners of the Festival's Awards to come out. Let's kick off with the big one - The Cadillac People's Choice Award winner has been announced as the Lebanese film from Nadine Labaki - Where Do We Go Now?
Director Labaki also stars in the movie, as she did with her highly praised first feature Caramel. She's been named on numerous 'ones to watch' lists and Where Do We Go Now? has been selected as the Lebanese entry for the 84th Academy Awards, and with the past trend of People's Choice Award winners doing very well at the Oscars (see Slumdog Millionaire, the Hurt Locker and the King's Speech recently) it would be a fair bet to take home a statuette...
It tells the story of a mixed religion village in Lebanon, where the women there are determined to put an end to the inter-religious fighting between the men, by using various tactics including Eastern European women and even drugs...
People's Choice Documentary Award
This award went to the Jon Shenk directed The Island President, telling the story of Mohamed Nasheed - President of the Maldives - who is trying to save his small nation from being swallowed up by global warming. The 1,200 islands of the Maldives are sinking - with experts saying some could be wholly submerged in a mere 20 years.
People's Choice Midnight Madness Award
Gareth Huw Evans directed The Raid - the action packed tale of a SWAT team stuck in a run-down apartment building in Indonesia with a group of deadly drug dealers. The trailer is below, but be warned - it is not for the faint of heart. Seriously.
Award for Best Canadian Short Film
This award went to Ian Hamarine and his short film Doubles With Slight Pepper, let him tell you all about it below:
The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature
Philippe Falardeau won this award for Monsieur Lazhar, which sees an Algerian immigrant at risk of deportation take on a new teaching job. The class are in mourning after the tragic loss of their former teacher, and Monsieur Lazhar tries to help them get through the healing process without anyone knowing of his troubles.
Best Canadian First Feature Film
Nathan Morlando won the award for Edwin Boyd, where Scott Speedman plays the notorious '50s Toronto criminal. We spoke to both of them recently.