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TIFF's most shocking moments

Roger & Me (1989)



Roger & Me (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
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  • Sean Penn at TIFF 2006 (© MARIO ANZUONI, RTR)
  • The Devil in the Flesh (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Roger & Me (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • American Beauty (1999) (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
  • Matthew McConaughey (© LEE CELANO, RTR)
  • Cat (© ENRIQUE DE LA OSA, RTR)
  • Sean Penn at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival (© MARIO ANZUONI, RTR)
  • A scene from Young People F---ing (© c.ThinkFilm/Everett/Rex Features)
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Whatever you may think of Michael Moore now, his scrappy debut - a documentary about the economic and spiritual devastation of his hometown of Flint, Michigan, after General Motors closed its plant -- was the discovery of the 1989 festival. The charismatic Moore worked the crowds like a pro; it was no surprise to see the film take the People's Choice Award a few days later. From there, it was on to New York and a sale to Warner Bros. for a reported $3 million - including $5,000 for each of the five families seen evicted from their homes during the film.

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