The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Winners

Check out what the juries had to say about the prize winners at this year's Toronto film fest....

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Cadillac People's Choice Award: Where Do We Go Now?
"The heartwarming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within."
The SKYY Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film: Edwin Boyd
This film based on a real-life bank robber-turned-folk hero "sets a tone, stays with it, and shows you what it is to be a soldier returning from war only to find that the world has no place for you. This is a film that puts a human face on a Canadian myth.”
Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) - Discovery: Avalon
A Swedish party organizer trying to put some legal troubles behind him is met by tragedy shortly before the opening of his new club.
Best Canadian Short Film: Doubles With Slight Pepper
"A humble but moving story of a family in crisis, this film expresses truths that resonate" about a Trinidadian street food vender whose life is change when his estranged father returns from Canada.
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Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) - Special Presentations: The First Man
Based on an unfinished work by Albert Camus, it "explores the legacy of colonialism with the tenderness of a memoir and the unflinching gaze of a war reporter."
Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award: The Island President
"A whirlwind political documentary, Mohamed Nasheed wins the presidency after a 20-year battle for democracy in the Maldives, only to face an unfathomable challenge: to save his island nation from rising seas."
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Best Canadian Feature: Monsieur Lazhar
"Very rarely does a film come along that does everything perfectly...a film that explores loss, exile, and the truths we tell our children,” said the jury of this film about an Algerian immigrant working as a teacher.
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Special Citation: Nuit #1
nThis film about a hook-up "was simple and raw. It reminded us of the power of two actors with incredible chemistry, a courageous filmmaker, and a dingy apartment. We can’t wait for Nuit #2.”
Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: The Raid
"A SWAT team that is trapped in a rundown apartment block in Jakarta filled with heavily armed drug dealers and killers."
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