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'12 Years a Slave' wins top prize at Toronto film fest

TORONTO (Reuters) - "12 Years a Slave," based on an 1853 memoir of a free black man sold into slavery, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The film, by "Shame" director Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, took home the BlackBerry People's Choice award, while the top documentary award went to "The Square," by Jehane Noujaim.

Canadian directors hear Hollywood's call, but may not head south

By Julie Gordon TORONTO (Reuters) - Ask the new wave of Canadian directors why they're getting calls from Hollywood and the answer is easy: Canada's thriving film industry has allowed them the freedom to tell the stories they want to tell, in the way they want. In a Hollywood built around commercial success - often at the cost of originality - Canadian directors are now bringing their voices to major feature films. So far, the response has been good.

'12 Years' leads strong performances at Toronto film fest

By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Judging by some early reviews, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" will sweep the Oscars, Golden Globes and perhaps even win an honorary Olympic medal, but the film is one of just many that has impressed critics at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Toronto: 5 lessons we've learned from the festival so far

By Steve Pond LOS ANGELES ( - The Toronto Film Festival has only completed four days of its 11-day run, but with a typically front-loaded first weekend designed to accommodate the studios, buyers and press who will be heading home by mid-week or earlier, it's safe to say that the meat of the festival has already been served.

Toronto Fest's documentary lineup takes aim at Donald Rumsfeld, Bob Guccione, more

By Steve Pond LOS ANGELES ( - New documentaries from acclaimed filmmakers Claude Lanzmann ("Shoah"), Marcel Ophuls ("The Sorrow and the Pity"), Frederick Wiseman ("Titicut Follies") and Errol Morris ("The Thin Blue Line") highlight the typically strong doc lineup at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

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