TORONTO (Reuters) – “Bella,” a romantic drama by Mexican director Alejandro Monteverde, was the surprise winner of the top award at the Toronto Film Festivalon Saturday‚Ķ.. The prize is often an indicator of future Academy Award nominations, with past recipients including best picture winners “American Beauty” and “Chariots of Fire.”Last year’s winner, “Tsotsi,” won an Oscar for best foreign-language film. “I really hope that this is not a dream and that I don’t wake up at film school,” a visibly surprised Monteverde said at an awards ceremony. “This festival is my first festival, it’s my first film. it’s my first everything.”

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