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Ballad of Narayama

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Toronto Fest award winners

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FIPRESCI Critics' Choice: "D.O.A.P."

"After 10 days, 352 films, and 27,747 minutes," a Toronto International Film Festival press release announces, the "People's Choice Award" (bestowed in recent years upon such films as "American Beauty" and "Tsotsi"), went to "Bella," an American film directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) was awarded to the British film "Death of a President," directed by Gabriel Range "for the audacity with which it distorts reality to reveal a larger truth."

More prize winners here. And I'll be posting more of my own thoughts about this year's festival in the next few days.

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