Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans wins People’s Choice award at TIFF | TBEN News

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Steven Spielberg’s Semi-Autobiographical the fables won the People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The coming-of-age ode to cinema was declared the winner during a TIFF award breakfast on Sunday morning, ending 10 days of filming and festivities. Canadian films also saw a strong showing at the ceremony, with Riceboy is sleeping winning the prestigious Platform Prize.

Billed as the legendary director’s most personal project to date, the fables marked Spielberg’s TIFF debut.

“As I said on stage last night, I’m especially happy to have brought this film to Toronto,” Spielberg said in a statement shared at the awards ceremony.

“The warm welcome from everyone in Toronto made my first visit to TIFF so intimate and personal for me and my entire ‘Fabelman’ family.”

VIEW | Official trailer for the fables:

The People’s Choice award, chosen through online voting, is often seen as a predictor of the Academy Award’s success.

Last year’s winner was Kenneth Branagh’s Northern Irish family drama Belfast.

In the spirit of Belfast and Rome, the fables is an author-filmmaker’s retelling of his own childhood and the family dynamics that shaped him.

VIEW | Steven Spielberg gets personal for his movie the fables:

Steven Spielberg gets personal on the red carpet for his new movie The Fabelmans

The 75-year-old director and his longtime collaborator Tony Kushner tell reporters about Spielberg’s TIFF debut, a coming-of-age story about his upbringing in post-war Arizona.

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The drama is set in mid-century Arizona, with Michelle Williams and Paul Dano as the parents of teen cinematographer Sammy Fabelman, while Seth Rogen takes on the role of a close family friend.

Among the previous People’s Choice winners who took the best photo are nomad land, Green Book, 12 years slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire.

The first runner-up for this year’s award was Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley’s adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel. women talkwhich focuses on a remote religious community struggling with how to respond to a serial problem of sexual abuse.

The second runner up was Glass Onion: A Knife MysteryRian Johnson’s star-studded sequel to his 2019 TIFF hit about the adventures of drawling detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig.

International jury chooses Riceboy Sleeps

Vancouver writer-director Anthony Shim’s breakout second feature Riceboy is sleeping was honored with the Platform Prize, chosen by an international jury led by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema.

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In announcing the winner of the $20,000 prize, Rozema said: Riceboy is sleeping stood out among the diverse field of international contenders for its “deeply moving story” of navigating a “specifically Canadian version of racism.”

Set in the 1990s, the film explores the rifts that develop between a South Korean single mother and her teenage son as they start over in Canada.

VIEW | A clip from Riceboy is sleeping:

As he took the stage to receive the award, Shim swallowed tears as he thanked his mother and sister “who always believed I could do things like this, even at my lowest point.”

In a post-ceremony interview, Shim said it was “surreal” to get so much credit for a story that means so much to him.

“I just thought the smartest thing I could do to make this movie is to be as personal as possible,” said Shim. “To expose as much as myself and my heart in this and hopefully that helps this film not to become redundant and find its own life.”

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Documentary Hubert Davis honored

Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Hubert Davis’s black icewho looks at how anti-black racism shaped hockey won the People’s Choice Documentary Award.

“We want to thank all the players who opened up their stories to us in trying to make a meaningful change in the game of hockey,” Davis said in a statement read at the ceremony.

“This journey to discover often untold stories of Black’s contribution to not only hockey, but to this country has only just begun. And we’re honored that this film can play a small part in that conversation.”

Canadian-Italian filmmaker Luis De Filippis’ feature debut Something you said last night won the Shawn Mendes Foundation’s Changemaker Award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. The Canadian-Swiss drama follows a young transgender woman who accompanies her family on vacation.

The $10,000 Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film went to Toronto-raised director Nisha Pahuja’s documentary To kill a tigerabout a farmer in India who fights for justice in the gang rape of his 13-year-old daughter.

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