TIFF 2006: Awards Announced

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TIFF 2006: Awards Announced

Well, the festival is basically over so the award recipients have been announced. We can’t say we agree with many of them (perhaps just because we haven’t managed to see all of the films that have won awards) but we do at least agree with a couple of them. Better than nothing!
Swarovski Cultural Innovation Award: selected by “an international industry jury of major visual artists” from the Visions programme, the award went to Takva – A Man’s Fear of God. We haven’t seen it. We’d have given this to either Taxidermia or Zidane: Un Portrait du XXIe Siècle… A choice we really wouldn’t want to have to make.
People’s Choice Award: Bella (?). Seriously, people. Didn’t you see This Is England? We’re disappointed in you all.
DIESEL Discovery award: Selected by the accredited journalists from the Discovery programme, this went to Reprise. Yes! Well done our fellow journalists. We didn’t even have to stuff the ballot box for this. If Reprise hadn’t won we’d have been utterly gutted. Major congratulations to Joachim Trier.
Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize): Awarded by an international jury to Gabriel Range’s Death of a President “for the audacity with which it distorts reality to reveal a larger truth.”
This film is terrible. So bad we didn’t even bother to cover it. Honestly, the jury here are complete idiots. We are literally embarrassed by the award.
Citytv Award for Best Canadian First Feature: Sur La Trace D’Igor Rizzi. We’re quite surprised by this award too, but this time we’re really rather pleased it got it. We liked the film a lot.
Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Predictably, this went to Manufactured Landscapes, which we didn’t like. (Bo-ring!)
Short Cuts Canada Award: Oh dear. We haven’t actually seen this year’s winner, Les Jours. Are you seriously telling us it’s better than any of Jamie Travis’ films? We don’t believe you.
The full press release is at the TIFFG website, if you don’t believe us/disagree with our rampant editoralising.

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