Maddin film takes Rogers feature award

TORONTO — “My Winnipeg,” helmer Guy Maddin’s black-and-white homage to his Manitoba hometown, has won the Toronto Film Critics Assn.’s inaugural Rogers Canadian Feature Award.

The C$10,000 ($8,348) prize was announced on Tuesday and presented by Sarah Polley at the org’s gala awards dinner, attended by TFCA best Canuck film nominees Stephane Lafleur (“Continental: A Film About Guns”) and Yung Chang (“Up the Yangtze”). Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald and Don McKellar were among many notable local helmers in the house.

“My Winnipeg” preemed at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, where it screened with Maddin’s live narration.

Pic marked the silver-screen return of 1940s pulp-fiction femme fatale Anne Savage, who died Dec. 25 at age 87.

“She bought the farm on Christmas Day,” Maddin said in his acceptance speech. “She couldn’t make it tonight, but she wouldn’t have liked any of you anyway.”

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