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Friday 9 December 2016

Irish director's film Room scoops top prize at Toronto

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Lenny Abrahamson's Room
Director Lenny Abrahamson arrives with Monika for the premiere of the movie "Room" during the 40th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto

The Oscar buzz surrounding the movie Room has gone into overdrive after the Irish-directed and written movie scooped top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film adaptation of Emma Donoghue's book took home the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award.

Director Lenny Abrahamson said he was "honoured" to have won.

"I am so honoured that Room has been chosen by the TIFF audience to win the Grolsch People's choice award," he said.

"The programme this year was full of extraordinary films, and for such a knowledgeable, film-loving audience to choose ours as their film of the festival is something of which I will always be hugely proud."

The People's Choice gong has previously been won by Oscar-winning feature films such as 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech.

Inspired by Josef Fritzl's incarceration of his daughter Elisabeth, Room tells the story of a young woman who has spent seven years of her life in a 12-foot-square room.

The events are told through the eyes of her five-year-old son Jack.

The film stars Trainwreck's Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H Macy.

Producer of Room Ed Guiney described the win as "a major accolade".

"It is a huge tribute to Lenny, Emma and the rest of the amazing cast and crew," he said.

Precurser

"Toronto is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world so this award gives us great momentum as we head towards our American release next month."

Over 300 films were screened over the course of the 10-day festival.

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