'Eastern Promises' Takes Top Toronto Prize


Native son David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" won the audience prize for best film at the 32nd Toronto Film Festival.

The Festival, considered an important launching spot for Oscar contenders, concluded on Saturday (Sept. 15) presenting prizes determined by both festivalgoers and critics.

Cronenberg's latest, which opened domestically in limited release last weekend, topped Jason Reitman's quirky "Juno" and Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's "Body of War" for the audience award.

"Eastern Promises," a London-based drama starring Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen made an estimated $552,676 playing in only 15 theaters.

The festival's 1000-plus accredited international critics gave the Diesel Discovery Award to Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman's "Cochochi," while the Fipresci international critics prize went to the Spanish-Mexican co-production "La Zona," from Rodrigo Pla.

Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg" won for best Canadian feature.

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