By William Wolf

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2004 POPULAR CHOICE (IV)  Send This Review to a Friend

Hotel Rwanda,” a drama based on a true story, won the AGF People’s Choice Award at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. Each year attendees at the festival fill out their ballots as to which film they consider worthy of the award.

Directed by Terry George, “Hotel Rwanda” is particularly impressive in telling the story of a man who courageously acted to save the lives of families caught in the genocidal rampage that took place in 1994.

Various awards were given at the closing brunch marking the end of the festival. It was held at the Four Seasons Hotel.

A fatal bombing in Ireland is the subject of ”Omagh,” which won the festival’s Discovery Award, selected by the international press corps. It was directed by Peter Travis.

The award for the best Canadian first feature film, known as the Citytv award, went to Daniel Roby’s “La peau blanche."

The City Award for the best Canadian feature film was given to Michael Dowse’s comedy “It’s All Gone Pete Tonge.” Various juries made the selections, and other films chosen for honors were also celebrated at the brunch.

  

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