Asian cinema awarded in Toronto
Two Asian films - Sion Sono's "Why Don't You Play in Hell" and Anum Singh's "Qissa" - received awards at the 38th Toronto IFF.
"Why Don't You Play in Hell?" is a story of a group of young filmmakers drawn into a bloody fight between competing yakuza clans. The world premiere of the film took place during this year's edition of Venice IFF, and it will enter Japanese screens on 28th September.
Since there is no international competition at TIFF, the People Choice Awards are among the most important awards at the Festival.
Apart from the best film in the Midnight Madness section, the audience chooses the best picture of the festival (People's Choice Award, which went to Steve McQuinn's "12 Years a Slave"), the best documentary (People's Choice Award For Documentary which went to "The Square" by Jehane Noujaim).
The second Asian film awarded at the festival is the Indian "Qissa", which received the NETPAC Award (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). Singh's film is set in the second half of the 1940s, during the time of the division of India and Pakistan, marked with chaos and ethnic purges. The director tells a story of a Sikh and his family, who strive to preserve their social and religious identity. The NETPAC Jury appreciated the film "(…) for its sensitive portrayal of the issues of identity and displacement that affect people not only in India, but in all parts of the world and for brilliance of cinematic craft and the choice of metaphor that has been employed to tell a moving story that is bound to provoke thoughts, spark debate and give its viewers an intense experience."
Full list of awarded films: www.tiff.net