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12 Years A Slave Wins Top Prize At The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

12-years-a-slave, based on an 1853 memoir of a free black man sold into slavery, won the top prize at the on Sunday (September 15) in Canada.

The film, by Shame director Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, took home the BlackBerry People’s Choice award, while the top documentary award went to The Square, by Jehane Noujaim.

Recent winners of the People’s Choice award, which is selected by Toronto festival audiences, include Oscar-winners The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. Last year, Silver Linings Playbook won the festival award.

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