The Toronto International Film Festival is known as many things -- unofficial film market, launching pad for awards season, haven for cinephiles -- but above all it’s a festival that is extremely well-supported by local residents. Thus, it’s appropriate that the top awards are chosen by festival attendees, who vote on their favorite films throughout the festival.
Silver Linings Playbook won the People’s Choice Award, presented to the most popular film overall. Directed by David O. Russell, the romantic comedy-drama stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. (Read our early review.)
Artifact took home the People’s Choice Documentary Award. Directed by Batholomew Cubbins, the film examines the music business through the eyes of Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Seven Psychopaths nabbed the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award for the most popular film that played the late-night section. The “dognapping” caper comedy stars Colin Ferrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits and Harry Dean Stanton. (Read our early review.)
Other awards were selected by juries.
Laurence Anyways received the award for Best Canadian Feature. Xavier Dolan directed the tale of a young bohemian couple and what happens to their relationship after the man reveals his belief that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body.
Keep a Modest Head was selected as Best Canadian Short Film. A 19-minute biographical portrait of the formative years of Jean Benoît, the last official member of the French Surrealist group. Directed by Deco Dawson.
Antiviral and Blackbird tied as Best Canadian First Feature. The former, directed by Brandon Cronenberg, explores celebrity obsessions in a dystopian future. The latter, directed by Jason Braxton, follows a goth teen as he moves to a small town and must deal with school bullying of a heinous sort.
Finally, two prizes were presented by FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.
Call Girl was awarded the International Critics’ Prize for the Discovery section. Based on a real-life prostitution scandal in Sweden that reached into the highest ranks of government, the drama was directed by Mikael Marcimain.
In the House won the International Critics’ Prize for the Special Presentations section. In the latest movie from Francois Ozon, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emmanuelle Seigner star in a tale “about the seductive charms of storytelling.”