The 9 Award

Part of the delight of creating your TIFF selections seeing if it proves to be good or dreadful and is simply taking a risk on a film. Sometimes it’s nice have already won awards at other festivals and to know if your picks are bets that are protected.

Here are.

April’s Daughter

Inside this film that has gained the coveted Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, Mexican manager Michel Franco (Following Lucia) provides a disturbing story of family dysfunction centering on April and her eldest adolescent daughter Valeria, who’s newly with child.

BPM

Even the Cannes Grand Prix award winner, that harrowing AIDS activist play by Robin Campillo (Les Revenants, Eastern Boys) gives audiences a glimpse at the French ACT UP protestors that were to the frontlines of the battle in the early 1990s.

Félicité

When a hot singer from Kinshasa’s son suffers a horrible injury, she finds herself on a trip. Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis has earned the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for the Movie.

In The Fade

Diane Kruger won the Cannes prize for Best Actress for her performance in this film from German auteur Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven) about a girl looking for justice after her husband and son have been murdered in a neo-nazi terrorist attack.

Loveless

Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev won best screenplay for his film Leviathan in 2014, and this year his latest won the Cannes Jury Prize. Loveless puts the spotlight onto a family torn apart by a barbarous divorce which prioritizes new spouses within the 12-year-old son who goes missing.

Mrs. Fang

Documentarian Wang Bing (West of the Tracks, Three Minute) won the Locarno Golden Leopard for this humanistic doc which allows us into the life of a woman in a small village in southern China who’s dying from Alzheimer’s disease.

Novitiate

According to a group of nuns in a Catholic School in 1964 who endure a crisis of faith, Novitiate saw filmmaker Margaret Betts win the Sundance U.S. Spectacular Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Director.

On Your Body and Spirit

Place in a Budapest slaughterhouse, Ildikó Enyedi’s film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival. On Your Body and Spirit defines the unconventional love between a shy young woman and her silent older boss that, strangely, both have the exact same dream every evening.

Another Side of Hope

The winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear, this film from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki (The Man Without a Past), follows a p***r-playing restaurant owner who adores a Syrian refugee together with whom he faces unfamiliar waters.

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