‘American Imagination’ wins Audience Award in Toronto
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‘American Imagination’ wins Audience Award in Toronto

Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – “American Fiction,” a film that satirizes issues of race, media and the way white people consume black culture, won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, cementing its place as a favorite in the Oscar race.

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The film tells the story of Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, played by Jeffrey Wright, an African-American author who is told by his publishers that his works are not “black enough.”

So he adopted a pseudonym and wrote a novel inspired by all the clichés about African American identity, he thought. The book is a huge success and the author must face the consequences of his actions.

The first feature film from Cord Jefferson, who has worked in the past on series such as “Succession” and “Watchmen,” the film is based on the novel “Effacement” by Percival Everett.

“When I made this film, I had not yet thought about what it would do to me when it was out there for everyone to see,” he said in a press release, read at a Toronto Film Festival gala.

It will be released theatrically in North America in November.

The Tiff People’s Choice Award has established itself in recent years as an important barometer in the race for the Oscars: Two of its winners, “Nomadland” and “Green Book: On the Roads of the South,” have subsequently won the Oscar for best picture. It is observed in Toronto.

“Winter Vacation,” a poignant comedy-drama depicting an angry professor and his tormented student in the 1970s, and “The Boy and the Heron,” Hayao Miyazaki’s latest work, round out the podium at this edition of the Audience Award in Toronto.

The festival, which opened on September 7 and concluded on Sunday, is known for attracting big stars and crowds of moviegoers eager to watch films in front of the general public.

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