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‘La La Land’ of ‘Whiplash-director Damien Chazell wins Audience award in Toronto

The sparkling musical duo Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the lead role, the film festival of Toronto won the audience price, the main price there to pick it up. ‘La La Land’ comes more in the picture in the battle for the Oscars.

La La Land, with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. © /

The main prize of the International film Festival of Toronto (TIFF), the audience award, was won by the musical ‘La La Land‘ by director Damien Chazell. The audience knew the combination of lighting, music, nostalgic references to Hollywoodklassiekers and romantic dance scenes very to taste. ‘La La Land’ is the second film of Chazell, who already with his debut ‘Whiplash’ high eyes threw.

Protagonists in the award winning film, Ryan Gosling as a jazz-freak Sebastian and Emma Stone as the young actress is Mia. Sebastian wants to follow in the footsteps of Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong act, Mia is crazy about movies from the Golden Era of Tinseltown – prints as ‘Casablanca’. It is hardly surprising: between Seb and Mia blossoms into something beautiful. Both of them want in the harsh reality their dreams into reality.

Runner-up was the emotional drama ‘Lion‘ by director Garth Davis, a film starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Second runner-up was ‘Queen of Katwe‘ of the Indian veterane Mira Nair.

As the best documentary, the audience of the 41st edition of the TIFF for ‘I Am Not Your Negro“of the Haïtiaan Raoul Peck (author of the famous “Lumumba”), which is based on ‘Remember this House’, an unfinished novel by the Afro-American writer James Baldwin. The film is about the life and death of Baldwins friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Place two was for ‘ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail’ by Steve James.

Oscars

This price for ‘La La Land’ also mean good news in the battle for the Oscars in February 2017 will be distributed. The last years were more winners of the audience award in Toronto on the shortlist for the Oscar for best film. ‘Room’, ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘Precious’, ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’, ‘Life Is Beautiful’ and ‘Shine’ are some examples.

TIFF presented this year 397 films (long and short) from 83 countries. Toronto is about the only festival where no jury is to award prizes. (Belga/DB)

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