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TORONTO 2017 Awards

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri bewitches audiences at Toronto

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- TORONTO 2017: Call Me by Your Name by Luca Guadagnino was the second runner-up at the gathering, while Clio Barnard’s Dark River received a Special Mention

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri bewitches audiences at Toronto
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh

Already highly praised, British writer-director Martin McDonagh’s witty drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [+see also:
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captured the audience’s heart and went home with the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (7-17 September). The film, which features one of the best female performances of the year by Frances McDormand, received the $15,000 cash prize during the closing ceremony at TIFF Bell Lightbox, hosted by Piers Handling, CEO and director of the TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, the gathering’s artistic director.

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The first runner-up in the section was the biopic on Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie, while the second runner-up was the well-travelled festival favourite Call Me by Your Name [+see also:
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Q&A: Luca Guadagnino
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 by Italian director Luca Guadagnino.

As for the documentaries, Agnès Varda and JR’s heart-warming Faces, Places [+see also:
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 piqued the audience’s attention. Canadian rock icons Tragically Hip’s final tour was the subject of the first runner-up, Long Time Running, directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier, while Morgan Spurlock’s food-doc sequel Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! came third.

In the competitive Platform section, which included 12 films from all over the world and celebrated auteur cinema, the international jury comprising celebrated filmmakers Wim WendersChen Kaige and Małgorzata Szumowska unanimously awarded the Australian western Sweet Country by Warwick Thornton. A Special Mention was awarded to Dark River [+see also:
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interview: Clio Barnard
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 by British filmmaker Clio Barnard. The jury remarked: “This film, deeply rooted in the Yorkshire countryside, convinced us, as its characters and actors, its photography, its story and its sense of place were all so much one, so utterly believable and controlled, that we were totally taken by it.”

The FIPRESCI jury, headed up by Jonathan Rosenbaum and including Robert DaudelinMartin HorynaIvonete PintoMarietta Steinhart and Jim Slotek, awarded AVA by Iranian director Sadaf Foroughi from the Discovery section and The Motive [+see also:
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 by Spaniard Manuel Martín Cuenca from Special Presentations.

The Network for the Promotion of Asian and Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) awarded The Great Buddha+ by Huang Hsin-Yao, from Taiwan. Finally, the Best Canadian Feature Film Award went to Robin Aubert’s arthouse horror flick Les Affamés and an Honourable Mention to another Quebecois director, Simon Lavoie, for his The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches. The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival will be held from 6-16 September 2018.

Here is the complete list of winners at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival:

People’s Choice Award
Winner
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [+see also:
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– Martin McDonagh (USA/UK)

1st Runner-up
I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie (USA)

2nd Runner-up
Call Me By Your Name [+see also:
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Q&A: Luca Guadagnino
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]
 – Luca Guadagnino (Italy/France)

People’s Choice Award Documentary
Winner
Faces, Places [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
Agnès Varda, JR (France)

1st Runner-up
Long Time Running – Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier (Canada)

2nd Runner-up
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! – Morgan Spurlock (USA)

People’s Choice Award Midnight Madness
Winner
Bodied Joseph Kahn (USA)

1st Runner-up
The Disaster Artist James Franco (USA)

2nd Runner-up
Brawl in Cell Block 99 – Craig Zahler (USA)

Toronto Platform Prize
Sweet Country – Warwick Thornton (Australia)

Special Mention
Dark River [+see also:
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interview: Clio Barnard
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 – Clio Barnard (UK)

FIPRESCI Awards
Discovery
AVA – Sadaf Foroughi (Iran/Canada/Qatar)

Special Presentations
The Motive [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
 – Manuel Martín Cuenca (Spain/Mexico)

NETPAC Award
The Great Buddha+ – Huang Hsin-Yao (Taiwan)

Best Canadian Feature Film
Les Affamés – Robin Aubert (Canada)

Honourable Mention
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches – Simon Lavoie (Canada)

Best Canadian First Feature Film
Luk' Luk'l – Wayne Wapeemukwa (Canada)

Best Short Film
The Burden – Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)

Honourable Mentions
The Tesla World Light – Matthew Rankin (Canada)
A Gentle Night – Xiao Cheng Er Yue (China/France)

Best Canadian Short Film
Pre-Drink – Marc-Antoine Lemire (Canada)

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