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"Tsotsi" Takes Home Toronto's People's Choice Award

2005 Toronto International Film Festival Winners


Updated February 19, 2014
The 2005 Toronto International Film Festival included a wealth of high-profile big studio premieres as well as a wide variety of films from 52 countries. A total of 335 movies were screened at the festival, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

While high profile films such as Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," "North Country" starring Charlize Theron, and Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line" were greated with enthusiasm from audiences and critics alike, it was a couple of smaller, more intimate films that walked away as the festival's biggest winners.


People's Choice Award - "Tsotsi" - Directed by Gavin Hood, "Tsotsi" is based on the novel by Athol Fugard and follows a violent gang leader who carjacks a BMW only to discover a helpless baby in the backseat.

Discovery Award - Voted on by 750 members of the press, the Discovery Award went to "Look Both Ways" from director Sarah Watt.

Fipresci Prize - South Korean director Kang Yi-kwan won the Fipresci Prize for his dramatic film, "Sa-Kwa." The Fipresci Prize is awarded to an emerging filmmaker whose film premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.

Citytv Award for Best Canadian First Feature - Louise Archambault won for "Familia" and Michael Mabbott for "The Life and Times of Guy Terrifico."

Toronto - City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film - "C.R.A.Z.Y." directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Marc-Andre Grondin and Michael Cote.

SOURCE: Toronto International Film Festival

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