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VIFF2015: Brooklyn Wins the Audience 'People's Choice' Award

Brooklyn, probable multiple Oscar nominee and the most powerfully affecting film to screen at the 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival emerged as the overwhelming audience favourite at last night's VIFF 2015 Closing Gala, held at the Centre for the Performing Arts.

Adapted from the Irish novel by Colm Tóibín, and delicately adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), an Irish immigrant who travels to America in the early 1950s for a more prosperous life.

Brooklyn | Director, John Crowley | Starring Saoirse RonanBrooklyn | John Crowley | 2015 | VIFF Opening Gala | Ireland | 105 minutes

Impeccably crafted and gorgeously rendered, as Rodrigo Perez wrote for The Playlist earlier this year, when the film débuted at the Sundance Film Festival, Brooklyn offers "a heartbreaking and poignant story about choices, country, commitments, sacrifice, and love, and a superb, luminous, and bittersweet portrayal of who we are, where we've come from, where we're going, and the places we call home."

Brooklyn will open in Vancouver for its regular run on November 4th.

VIFF's most popular international documentary was Swedish director Stig Björkman's Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.

Votes are tabulated through collection of comment cards made available to VIFF patrons, and as patrons submit their appraisal of films screened, through use of the VIFF app, available for both Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms.

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Posted by Raymond Tomlin at October 10, 2015 3:56 PM in VIFF 2015


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