The Toronto Film Festival wraps up today, and the festival’s top prize — the Cadillac People’s Choice award — went to Where Do We Go Now?, a Lebanese film directed by and starring Nadine Labaki. The film tells the story of a remote village divided along religious lines, and the local women who try to stanch the violence brewing between Christians and Muslims. In previous years, the audience award has gone to Slumdog Millionaire, Precious, and The King’s Speech, and has proven to be a reliable bellwether for awards-season success.
The prize for best documentary went to The Island President, Jon Shenk’s account of President Mohamed Nasheed’s attempt to save his nation of the Maldives from rising waters due to global warming, while a thriller titled The Raid won for best Midnight Madness film. The City of Toronto award for best Canadian feature went to Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar, a drama about an Algerian immigrant hired to teach at a Quebecois school.