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‘Memento’ remembered by Toronto crix

'Last Wedding' named top Canadian film

MONTREAL — Writer-director Christopher Nolan’s noir thriller “Memento,” about a man with memory problems avenging his wife’s murder, nabbed film and screenplay awards from the Toronto Film Critics Assoc. today.

The runners-up for film were French helmer Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s romantic fable “Amelie” and David Lynch’s surreal thriller “Mulholland Drive.” Lynch also garnered director prize.

The nod for Canadian feature went to Vancouver filmmaker Bruce Sweeney’s dark relationship comedy “Last Wedding,” which opened the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. The runners-up were helmer John Fawcett’s teen werewolf thriller “Ginger Snaps” and director Jim Allodi’s “The Uncles.”

The award for first feature was given to helmer Jonathan Glazer’s “Sexy Beast” and Ben Kingsley was named supporting actor for his role in the film. The runners-up were Mexican pic “Amores Perros” and Todd Field’s “In the Bedroom.”

Ed Harris won actor for the bio-pic “Pollock.” Thora Birch was named actress and Scarlett Johansson supporting actress for their work in “Ghost World.”

James Quandt, longtime senior programmer for Cinematheque Ontario, won the honourary Clyde Gilmour Award for his contributions to the appreciation of cinema and of film criticism in Canada.

The association will hold a dinner in January to celebrate the winners.

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