'Watermark' Named Best Canadian Film by Toronto Critics Association

Watermark Film Still - H 2013

Watermark Film Still - H 2013

Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s documentary about water beat out two theatrical dramas, "The Dirties" and "Gabrielle."

TORONTO – Toronto film critics on Tuesday gave their best Canadian film award to filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky’s documentary Watermark.

The film about how water shapes humanity bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a follow-up to Manufactured Landscapes, also by Burtynsky and Baichwal.

Watermark beat out competition for the top Canadian film prize from two theatrical dramas: The Dirties, directed by Matt Johnson, and Gabrielle from Louise Archambault.

The Toronto Film Critics Association announced last month that they had named Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Greenwich Village-set folk singer tale, as their best picture of the year, while Oscar Isaac snagged the best actor prize for his titular role.

Toronto critics also named Alfonso Cuaron as best director for his survival-in-space tale Gravity, while Cate Blanchett won the best actress prize for her star turn in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Other prize-giving by the TFCA on Tuesday night in Toronto included filmmaker Mira Burt-Wintonick being the first to tap a film fund to honor her father, Peter Wintonick, who died in November after a short and sudden illness.