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Monsieur Lazhar wins top prize from Toronto Film Critics Association

Canada;s official Oscar entry in the best foreign-language film category received an accolade from closer to home when it won the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The $15,000 prize goes to Quebec writer/director Philippe Falardeau. Monsieur Lazhar opens in Toronto and Vancouver on Jan. 27, with additional cities to follow.

Uplifting without violins or clever pedagogy, Monsieur Lazhar provides an original take on the inspirational-teacher genre. Its Montreal schoolkids aren’t impoverished underachievers, and their new supply teacher from Algeria (Mohamed Fellag) may be hiding secrets of his own, but they clearly need each other.

“I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in Montreal,” said TFCA President Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean’s magazine. “But after Denis Villeneuve won this award last year for Incendies, once again a Quebec filmmaker has knocked us out with an immigrant drama adapted from a stage play.”

Also nominated for the best Canadian film award were Cafe de Flore by Jean-Marc Vallee; and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. The association’s $5,000 Deluxe Student Film Award went to York University student Janice Lee for her short film faraway. Toronto filmmaker Ingrid Veninger won the $5,000 Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist.

The awards were handed out at the TFCA’s annual dinner, hosted by Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey at the city’s Carlu event space. More information at torontofilmcritics.com.

Source: The National Post

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Front Page, Industry News

Monsieur Lazhar wins top prize from Toronto Film Critics Association

Canada;s official Oscar entry in the best foreign-language film category received an accolade from closer to home when it won the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The $15,000 prize goes to Quebec writer/director Philippe Falardeau. Monsieur Lazhar opens in Toronto and Vancouver on Jan. 27, with additional cities to follow.

Uplifting without violins or clever pedagogy, Monsieur Lazhar provides an original take on the inspirational-teacher genre. Its Montreal schoolkids aren’t impoverished underachievers, and their new supply teacher from Algeria (Mohamed Fellag) may be hiding secrets of his own, but they clearly need each other.

“I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in Montreal,” said TFCA President Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean’s magazine. “But after Denis Villeneuve won this award last year for Incendies, once again a Quebec filmmaker has knocked us out with an immigrant drama adapted from a stage play.”

Also nominated for the best Canadian film award were Cafe de Flore by Jean-Marc Vallee; and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. The association’s $5,000 Deluxe Student Film Award went to York University student Janice Lee for her short film faraway. Toronto filmmaker Ingrid Veninger won the $5,000 Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist.

The awards were handed out at the TFCA’s annual dinner, hosted by Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey at the city’s Carlu event space. More information at torontofilmcritics.com.

Source: The National Post

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Front Page, Industry News

Monsieur Lazhar wins top prize from Toronto Film Critics Association

Canada;s official Oscar entry in the best foreign-language film category received an accolade from closer to home when it won the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The $15,000 prize goes to Quebec writer/director Philippe Falardeau. Monsieur Lazhar opens in Toronto and Vancouver on Jan. 27, with additional cities to follow.

Uplifting without violins or clever pedagogy, Monsieur Lazhar provides an original take on the inspirational-teacher genre. Its Montreal schoolkids aren’t impoverished underachievers, and their new supply teacher from Algeria (Mohamed Fellag) may be hiding secrets of his own, but they clearly need each other.

“I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in Montreal,” said TFCA President Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean’s magazine. “But after Denis Villeneuve won this award last year for Incendies, once again a Quebec filmmaker has knocked us out with an immigrant drama adapted from a stage play.”

Also nominated for the best Canadian film award were Cafe de Flore by Jean-Marc Vallee; and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. The association’s $5,000 Deluxe Student Film Award went to York University student Janice Lee for her short film faraway. Toronto filmmaker Ingrid Veninger won the $5,000 Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist.

The awards were handed out at the TFCA’s annual dinner, hosted by Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey at the city’s Carlu event space. More information at torontofilmcritics.com.

Source: The National Post

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