ABRAHAMSON’S ROOM SCOOPS TOP PRIZE AT TORONTO

Dublin, Ireland, September 20 – Element Pictures are delighted to announce that the much praised ROOM picked up the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, considered the festival’s major prize. In what is a non competitive festival, the award is voted on by audiences and is often an indication of things to come during Oscar season. 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech all won the TIFF People’s Choice audience award and went on to win Best Film at the Oscars.

ROOM has been a huge autumn festival hit, playing to standing ovations both in Toronto and at its world premiere in Telluride earlier this month.

Beautifully handled adaptation – Variety
Unforgettable, must-witness performances- The Playlist
Exquisite and heart-breaking – HitFlix
Triumph of independent filmmaking at its very best – Deadline
Relentlessly compelling adaptation – IndieWire
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are a wonder – The Huffington Post
Suspenseful and heartrending – Variety
One –of- a-kind, must-see experience – The New York Post

Director Lenny Abrahamson said, ‘I am so honoured that ROOM has been chosen by the TIFF audience to win the Grolsch People’s choice award. The program 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. It is a testament to the incredible talent and passion of all who made this film; cast and crew and those who backed us and had faith in us from the beginning. ‘

Producer Ed Guiney added, ‘This win is a major accolade and a huge tribute to Lenny, Emma and the rest of the amazing cast and crew. Toronto is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world with more than 300 films playing over 10 days so this award gives us great momentum as we head towards our North American release next month’.

ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers.

ROOM will be released in the US on October 16 through A24 & in Ireland & the UK on January 29

*Previous winners include: Shine, Life Is Beautiful, American Beauty ,Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon , Amélie, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious , The King’s Speech , Silver Linings Playbook , 12 Years a Slave & The Imitation Game.