Slumdog Millionaire the People’s Choice at TIFF
Whether you call India or Canada home, everybody loves an underdog.
That’s the lesson Frieda Pinto is taking home to Mumbai now that Slumdog Millionaire, a film in which she costarred, has won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the 2008 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Festival attendees chose Slumdog Millionaire over more than 300 other entries. British director Danny Boyle’s film tells the tale of a young man from Mumbai’s underclass who raises suspicions with a lucky streak on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Other award winners and citation recipients included: Lost Song, a French-language Quebec feature dealing with postpartum depression, as best Canadian feature film. The victory for the film could be seen as an upset against the big-budget (by Canadian standards) First World War drama Passchendaele.
Before Tomorrow, set in a 19th-century Inuit community, as best first Canadian film for directors Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu.
Steve McQueen’s Hunger, about a political hunger strike in a Northern Irish prison, as winner of the Diesel Discovery Award.
Chris Chong Chan Fui’s Block B, for best Canadian short film.