Windsor Star

Slumdog Millionair­e the People’s Choice at TIFF

- TORONTO

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.

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