Saturday, September 13, 2008

Poor “Millionaire” tops LeBron in Cadillac competition

The people at “The People’s Festival” have spoken, and the winner is … “Slumdog Millionaire.” Oh, and LeBron came in second.

Officially called the winner of the “Cadillac People's Choice Award,” director Danny Boyle's story about an orphan from the slums of Mumbai becoming a contestant on India's “Who Wants to be A Millionaire?” will be shown again tonight, too. For the first time ever, festival audiences can actually see the movie they voted for at a free 9 o’clock screening.
First runner-up in the people’s voting was Kristopher Belman's “More Than A Game,” the uplifting documentary about LeBron James and his basketball-playing pals at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Second runner-up was Cyrus Nowrasteh's “The Stoning of Soraya M.”

The Cadillac Award includes a $15,000 cash prize. Other festival winners included:

Citytv Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film: Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu's “Before Tomorrow.“
City of Toronto-Citytv Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Rodrigue Jean's “Lost Song.”
Diesel Discovery award: Steve McQueen's “Hunger.”
International Critics FIPRESCI Prize (for “Discovery”): Derick Martini's “Lymelife” and (for “Special Presentations”): Steve Jacobs' “Disgrace.”

By the way, all anyone has to do to view “Slumdog Millionaire” this evening is show up at the Elgin Theatre, starting at 7 p.m., to pick up tickets.

Good luck with that crowd, eh? I mean, the area will be jumpin’, especially since another first -- The Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Party -- kicks off at 8 p.m. right down the street at Yonge Dundas Square in the heart of downtown.
Apparently, this free public concert will feature some of Canada’s “hottest” new music talent.

“The Toronto International Film Festival is consistently named ‘the people’s festival’ and we wanted to say thank you to the people that help us to earn that badge,” explained Cameron Bailey, TIFF co-director. “The events at Yonge Dundas Square were designed to bring festival programming outside the theater and into the lives of the people of Toronto. We are delighted with the turnout at Yonge Dundas Square all through the festival and look forward to celebrating with Toronto at the wrap party.”

I guess that does make it an official wrap . . . at least from Toronto . . . until I get home and post my after-festival comments early next week.

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