This is a bit late, but it takes a while to decompress from
the cinematic nirvana of Toronto.
So, the winners.
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"
(didn't see it!) won the "Blackberry People's Choice Award." Good news for
Russell, because previous winners ("Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech")
have gone on to win Best Picture Oscars. As for the winner of the "Midnight Madness" Award, Martin McDonagh's "Seven
Psychopaths," the Oscar
implications aren't so clear, but it deserves the Academy's attention.
And of course the only award that matters is the FIPRESCI
Award (as you might recall I was on the jury). The jury of six was divided into
two minjuries of three each to cover the two categories: "Special Presentations," with films by
established filmmakers, which I participated in, and the "Discoveries
Programme," with debut features.
The "Discoveries" people chose Swedish director Mikael Marcimain's "Call
I didn't see it. Really? You didn't see it? Did you see
anything? It doesn't seem like you did. So what were you doing up there for eleven
Well, there were 17 movies in the "Special Presentations"
program to start with, okay? (One of the effects of the festival, at least for
me, is having arguments with yourself). We gave the prize to François Ozon's
"In the House." (I kind of favored Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the
Pines," but the other jurors gave me funny looks and ignored me). However, it
is definitely an excellent choice. In fact I wrote a review of it for the
Yet to be posted, however.
I did see number of
other films as well. In fact I was starting to notice some weird trends among
For example, there were a lot of movies about writers
writing. And survivors surviving. And boats. Time travel. Unlikely nude scenes
and controversial medical procedures, sometimes in the same movie. People with
secret pasts. People with secret futures.