International critics gave their best film award at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival to a controversial British TV film, 'Death of a President', a fictionalised account of the assassination of US President George W Bush.

Although the film was not reviewed very positively, it won the Prize of International Critics for, according to a statement issued by the jury, "the audacity with which it distorts reality, to reveal a larger truth."

The People's Choice Award, voted on by Festival audiences, this year went to Mexican director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde for his debut film, 'Bella'.

The film tells the story of two individuals whose lives converge and turn upside down on a single day in New York City.

Last year's winner - South African film 'Tsotsi' - went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.