Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” wins Toronto Film Festival

Kenneth Branagh's "Belfast" wins Toronto Film Festival

Fictional feature film shot in black and white, from Branagh’s childhood in Belfast, to the conflict in Northern Ireland (known as “The Troubles” in English) in the late 1960s, starring Jamie Dornan, Judy Dench and Sierra Hinds.

The major TIFF Awards are public voting in the areas of fiction and documentary.

The festival’s highest honor, the “People’s Choice Award”, is considered a prelude to the North American Film Awards.

The other nine previous winners in this TIFF category were nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, including “12 Years a Slave”, “Green Book – A Guide to Life”, and last year’s Choice and “Nomadland” by Close Zoe.

The documentary won the 2018 documentary “The Rescue” by E. Chai Wasserheli and Jimmy Chin about their mission to rescue young people trapped in a cave in northern Thailand.

Turkish director Emre Kayes’ Anatolian Leopard has won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award.

The parallel NETPAC award went to Lebanese director Maunia Aklin’s “Costa Brava, Lebanon”.

Other honors include the “Platform Award” given by Indonesian director Camila Andini to a jury led by actor Riz Ahmed.

Sean Mendes Foundation Change Maker Award winner was “Scarborough” by Canadian Shasha Naqai and Rich Williamson.

The Portuguese co-production “Psychorax”, directed by Spaniard Lois Patino and Argentine Mathias Pichiro, was part of the TIFF Shorts competition, which featured 38 films this year, but did not win any of the deserving awards.

In the short film program, the jury won the Best Film award for “Displaced / Pa Vent” directed by Sameer Karahoda.

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Among the six “features” shown in the wavelength category is the feature film “Di├írios de Otsoga” starring Maureen Fassendiro and Miguel Gomez.

The 46th edition of TIFF, co-directed by Portuguese programmer Joanna Wiesen, took place between September 9 and Saturday, with over 200 films screened live and online in a selection of films.

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