Upon completion of the 37th edition of the Toronto Film Festival, the grand prize went to drama Silver Linings Playbook. With Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the title roles, the film is now a candidate who is rumored to have Oscar chances.
Bradley Cooper enters in the skin of Pat, a former high school, teacher who spent four years in a clinic to treat nerve diseases after being deceived and deserted by his wife Nikki (Brea Bee). He moved back with his parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro) and meets a young widow who is facing a severe depression. The two will help each other to overcome suffering and try to see and bright side.
Directed by David O. Russell, whose credits mention the drama The Fighter, the film won TIFF Blackberry People’s Choice Award and will appear in cinemas on February 1, 2013. Russell described the film: As The Fighter was not for me about fighting, I do not think this film is about mental problems. For me it will always be in the center and the dynamics of its people.
Silver Linings Playbook was one of the 7 films produced by Harvey Weinstein, present in Toronto, the other six being: The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson), Quartet (Dustin Hoffman), The Sapphires (Wayne Blair), Song for Marion (Paul Andrew Williams), Pusher (Luis Priesto) and Aftershock (Nicolas Lopez).
Audience Award, which is the highest distinction granting by the festival is determined by the persons participating in the festival and brought to winners after 105 nominations and 39 Academy Award statuettes, including four for Best Picture for production Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech.