As the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday (Sept. 15), feature documentary The Cave took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award.
The film (pictured) sees director Feras Fayyad return to his native Syria, following a team of female doctors treating patients in an underground hospital in the war torn country as they are also faced with systemic sexism.
The first runner-up for the award was Garin Hovannisian’s I Am Not Alone. The second runner-up was Bryce Dallas Howard’s Dads.
Other major awards went to narrative films, like Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century, which took the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award.
“TIFF 2019 was a stellar year,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF co-head and artistic director, and Joana Vicente, TIFF co-head and executive director, in a joint statement. “The films and talent featured in this year’s festival have left us inspired, awestruck, and excited for the future of cinema.”
This year’s festival ran Sept. 5-15.
The 45th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run Sept 10-20 next year.