‘Green Book’ of the American director Peter Farrelly has yesterday the most important award of the film festival of Toronto (TIFF), the audience award, won. The film, starring Mahershala Ali, and Viggo Mortensen, zooms in on an Italo-American bouncer by a black jazz pianist is hired as a driver for a tour in the (not racism weaned) south of the U.S. during the ’60s.
As the winner of the People’s Choice Award went to ‘Green Book’, based on true facts, the movies “If Beale Street could talk’ by Barry Jenkins and a favourite of the ‘Roma’ of Alfonso Cuaron advance.
The Toronto International Film Festival, the most important in North America, is about the only topfestival where the prices not by a jury, be awarded.
Actor Mahershala Ali, born of Jamaican parents, had won the Oscar for the supporting act in ‘Moonlight’, a film about racism as homophobia. His bodyguard, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, shaped by Viggo Mortensen, is, as often in buddy-movies, karakterieel the exact opposite of the pianist. He grew up in the streets and bars of New York, makes use of verbal and sometimes physical showmanship to obtain what he wants. The cooperation between the two is not without a hitch. The film is full of woordgrapjes and wonderful jazz music, but also of xenophobia and prejudice.
Other films at the festival were to speak, were, among others, ‘A Star is born’ of Bradley Cooper with Lady Gaga, ‘First Man’ by Damien Chazelle with Ryan Gosling in the role of astronaut Neil Armstrong, and ‘The Widows’ of the British artist-filmmaker Steve McQueen.
More often than not conquer winners of Toronto months later the Oscar for the best film. That was the case for ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘American Beauty’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ’12 Years a slave’ and ‘Spotlight’.
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