This year the winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award was surprising and unexpected for most people. Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wasn’t massively predicted to be one of the finalists, but it won the award. Those who didn’t have a chance to watch it yet, will get to see it in theatres later this fall. I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie’s latest black comedy-drama took the second place, while Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino, came in third. Negative reviews received the movie Mother! where not even Jennifer Lawrence nor Javier Bardem could save it from critics’ unfavourable appraisal. Apart from that, here are other winners of The 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival:
People’s Choice Documentary Award: Faces Places
People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Bodied
Toronto Platform Prize: Sweet Country
NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere: The Great Buddha+
The FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations: The Motive
The FIPRESCI Prize for the Discovery Programme: Ava
Best Canadian Feature Film: Les Affamés
Best Canadian First Feature Film: Luk’Luk’I
Best Canadian Short Film: Pre-Drink
Best Short Film: The Burden
The most exciting part for many people at festivals like TIFF is an opportunity to meet A-list celebrities who come all the way from Hollywood to show up at the red carpet events and take a selfie with their fans. Among guests this year were George Clooney, Angelina Jolie (with her kids), Andrew Garfield, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Mara, Halle Berry, Margot Robbie, Elle Fanning, Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal, just to name a few.
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With the license allowing bars and restaurants to serve alcohol until 4am, King West and Yorkville where definitely the places to be at. Official premieres’ afterparties were held at many different hotels, including The Ritz, Four Seasons, and the new spot Bisha Hotel. Starting with TIFF Soirée with Priyanka Chopra at the TIFF Lightbox, and continuing the party the next day at Ovation, all party lovers were definitely pleased with such beginning of the film festival. Among private parties at places like The Spoke Club, Lavelle, Soho House, Montecito, STK, Brassaii, there were events like Producers Ball and Mongrel party at the Campbell House.