‘Where Do We Go’ gets Toronto aud award

Pic wins fest's People's Choice kudo

The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention.

The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize.

“Where Do We Go Now?”, about women from different religions who band together to protect their small community from violence, is co-written by Labaki (“Caramel”), who also co-stars, and was recently announced as Lebanon’s entry for foreign-language Oscar contention.

Asghar Faradi’s “A Separation” and Ken Scott’s “Starbuck” were voted first and second runners-up by Toronto auds.

Midnight Madness opener “The Raid,” Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial arts actioner, won top kudos from the popular late-night program’s auds, who chose Adam Wingard’s “You’re Next” and Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America” as their first and second runners-up.

Jon Shenk’s feature documentary “The Island President,” about Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed’s battle for democracy, nabbed the People’s Choice docu award. Bess Kargman’s “First Position” was first runner-up, with Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty” taking second runner-up position.

Toronto fest favorite Philippe Falardeau (“Congorama”) nabbed the jury-chosen Canadian Feature Film prize for “Monsieur Lazhar,” about a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec. The prize comes with a cash prize of $30,684.

Nathan Morlando’s “Edwin Boyd,” starring Scott Speedman as a notorious real-life bank robber and dreamer, nabbed the jury-chosen best Canadian first feature prize and $15,342. The Canadian first feature jury gave a special citation to Anne Emond’s “Nuit #1.”

The six-member Fipresci international critics’ jury awarded its prize in the fest’s Special Presentations program to Gianni Amelio’s “The First Man,” based on an unfinished Algeria-set Albert Camus novel.

Swedish helmer Axel Petersen’s dark comedy “Avalon” won the Fipresci award for best Discovery program title.

On Friday, the Toronto fest’s sales and industry office reported a 20% growth in delegate attendance year-on-year, with close to 4,000 registered buyers, sales agents, producers and filmmakers.

More Film

  • Studio 54

    'Studio 54' Sells to Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber (EXCLUSIVE)

    The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention. The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize. “Where […]

  • Jake Gyllenhaal Spider-Man

    Jake Gyllenhaal Eyed for Villain Role in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel

    The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention. The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize. “Where […]

  • Deadpool 2

    Will 'Deadpool 2' Make Disney Open to Releasing R-Rated Movies Again?

    The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention. The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize. “Where […]

  • Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as

    Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as CEO

    The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention. The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize. “Where […]

  • Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher'

    Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' Set for Movie Adaptation

    The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention. The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize. “Where […]

  • Director Abel Ferrara attends the New

    Italy's Vivo Film to Produce Abel Ferrara's 'Siberia', Other New Films (EXCLUSIVE)

    The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention. The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize. “Where […]

  • Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First

    Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First Conventional Movie Theater

    The weary-eyed, film-loving auds of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival have voted Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” as winner of the People’s Choice award — in recent years seen as a guarantee of awards-season attention. The honor, handed out at the Sunday afternoon awards brunch, comes with a C$15,000 ($15,342) cash prize. “Where […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content