Quebec movie honored at TIFF
A Quebec film has been honored at the Toronto International Film Festival, which has wrapped up for another year.
The best Canadian feature prize went to the gender-bending love story "Laurence Anyways,'' directed by Xavier Dolan.
The 23-year-old Quebec phenom fought back tears as he accepted the $30,000 award, admitting that he had feared the film would "be forgotten.''
Instead, Dolan now follows in some big footsteps, the last two Quebec films that won TIFF's top Canadian feature prize ended up being Canada's submission to the Oscars.
Philippe Falardeau's "`Monsieur Lazhar'' was last year's pick, while Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies'' got the nod in 2010.
Both ended up among the final nominees for the best foreign-language film category.
Dolan said he didn't want to dream about such prospects for "Laurence Anyways,'' a stylish portrait of a transsexual man and his decade-long romance with a woman.
"It would be an audacious choice,'' said Dolan, whose film opens in Toronto on Friday before heading to other English Canadian cities.
"Usually we have war movies, we have sociologically implicated movies.... I don't want to dream about it. I don't know what Canada's choice will be. I would love for them to pick my movie but that's all I have to say. There are serious contenders out there, 'War Witch' and a lot of films could be chosen for Canada.''
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