- Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali co-star in Green Book
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the end of yet another Toronto International Film Festival," said TIFF CEO Piers Handling during opening remarks at Sunday afternoon's award ceremony. But 2018 was not just "another" TIFF festival for Handling. The man who helped flourish the planet's most populist film festival announced in late 2017 that this would be his final TIFF as CEO. From the stage of Toronto's Princess of Wales theater, which hosted a long list of red carpet premieres over the previous ten days, Handling first thanked an army of festival organizers and thousands of volunteers for making one of the biggest public events in the world feel like a marathon wedding reception.
Of the 342 feature-length film screened during the 2018 edition of TIFF, this year's People's Choice winner was Green Book, which sparked repeated ovations at each of its public screenings.
To further champion this year's winner of the People's Choice winner, TIFF organizers added one more screening of Green Book to its schedule. The screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a gorgeous five-story temple of all-things film, is free as the festival's gift to the people of Toronto.