Toronto critics fete ‘Incendies’

Denis Villeneuve's family drama voted best Canadian pic

TORONTO — Montreal director Denis Villeneuve’s family drama “Incendies” won the Toronto Film Critics Assn.’s award for best Canadian film at the org’s gala dinner on Wednesday evening.

“Incendies,” Canada’s entry in the foreign language category at the Oscars, beat Vincenzo Natali’s “Splice” and Bruce McDonald’s “Trigger.”

Montreal-based thesp Jay Baruchel presented the prize to Villeneuve, who won last year for “Polytechnique.” McDonald received a special citation to mark an exceptional year that saw him direct four features — “Trigger,” “This Movie Is Broken, “Music From the Big House” and “Hard Core Logo 2.”

Toronto actor-director Don McKellar presented the TFCA’s Jay Scott Prize for emerging artist to Daniel Cockburn (“You Are Here”).

The TFCA announced most of its award-winners last month when “The Social Network” was voted top pic of 2010.

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