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Festival Buzz: Toronto and Venice Film Festival Award Winners

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September 16, 2007
Source: IONCinema.com, Variety

Both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, two of the biggest film festivals next to Cannes and Sundance, just recently wrapped up. Although everyone has their own thoughts about movies from the fest, the official fest judges have chosen the top winners for each. In addition to the hype the critics have been building, more buzz will be coming from these award winners. These are the films you'll really want to keep your eye on this fall and winter; these are the films that are already heading towards Oscar buzz. What are they? Find out below…

Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival:
GOLDEN LION
Lust, Caution, Ang Lee

SILVER LION
Redacted, Brian De Palma

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (tie)
The Secret of the Grain, Abdellatif Kechiche
I'm Not There, Todd Haynes

ACTOR
Brad Pitt, The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER
Hafsia Herzi, The Secret of the Grain

SCREENPLAY
Paul Laverty, It's a Free World

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Rodrigo Prieto, Lust, Caution

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto Film Festival:
CADILLAC PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Eastern Promises, David Cronenberg
Runner Ups:
Juno, Jason Reitman
Body of War, Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro

PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZE)
La Zona, Rodrigo Plá

ARTISTIC INNOVATION AWARD
Encarnación, Anahí Berneri

DIESEL DISCOVERY AWARD
Cochochi, Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán

TORONTO-CITY AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM
My Winnipeg, Guy Maddin

CITYTV AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM
Continental, a Film Without Guns, Stéphane Lafleur

In essence, the films you should really be looking out for are: Lust, Caution, I'm Not There, The Assasination of Jesse James, Eastern Promises, and Juno. After these two fest its now evident that this fall has one hell of a solid lineup of some great films. Official winners are never the best choices; whatever film usually wins the Palm d'Or at Cannes is not really that great. At least these winners have earned some respect.

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