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Awards from the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival Review- Jury President and Festival Honoree Geraldine Chaplin hands out Jury Prize

By Debra Davy

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The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, which will run through October 27th, announced the complete list of award winners at it's awards reception and ceremony held October 21st at the Festival’s host venue, AMC River East 21 Theaters, 322 E. Illinois Street. The festival’s Jury Prize was presented by Jury President Geraldine Chairman, herself a prior Festival award winner and the subject of a Tribute on October 15th hosted by Festival Founder Michael Kutza at Essanay Studios, 1545 N. Clark Street, where her father, Charlie Chaplin,“The Little Tramp” made his first film.

Jury President Geraldine Chaplin


The award winners are as follows:


-The Founder’s Award, given to the one film across all categories “that captures the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for it’s unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image”: From Germany/Russia, “Paradise”, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

From "Christine"


In the International Feature Competition, which honors new films from around the world representing a wide array of styles and genres:

-Gold Hugo for Best Film:  From Romania, “Sieranavada”, directed by Cristi Puiu

-Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize: From Iran, “The Salesman”, directed by Asghar Farhadi

-Silver Hugo Best Director: From Iran, Cristi Puiu for “Sieranavada”

-Silver Hugo Best Actor: From Romania/France, Adrian Titieni for “Graduation"

-Silver Hugo Best Actress: From U.S., Rebecca Hall for “Christine”

-Silver Plaque Best Screenplay: From Romania/France, Cristian Mungiu for “Graduation”

-Silver Plaque Best Cinematography  From Poland, Kacper Fertacz for “The Last Family”

-Silver Plaque Best Art Direction: From Poland, Jagna Janicka, for “The Last Family"

From "The Happiest Day in the Life of Oli Maki"


In the New Director’s Competition, which recognizes emerging talent from filmmakers presenting their first or second feature film:

-Gold Hugo: From Finland, “The Happiest Day in the life of Oli Maki”, directed by Juho Kuosmanen

-Silver Hugo: From Germany, “Fado”, directed by Jonas Rothlaender

-Roger Ebert Award: From Hungary, “Kills On Wheels”, directed by Atilla Till

From "Heartstone"


In the Documentary Competition, awarded to those films that “expertly craft their stories with honesty and candor”:

-Gold Hugo: From Belgium/Netherlands, “Samuel in the Clouds”, directed by Pieter Van Eecke

-Silver Hugo: From U.K, “Where You’re Meant To Be”, directed by Paul Fegan

From "The Last Family"


The Q Hugo Awards which honor films in the “OutLook” program featuring LGBT stories and perspectives:

-Gold Hugo: From Iceland, “Heartstone”, directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson

-Silver Hugo: From France, “Paris 05:59”, directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau

From "Samuel in the Clouds"


The awards for short films, less than 40 minutes in length, were given as follows:

-Gold Hugo for live action: From Sweden/Columbia, “Madre”, by Simon Mesa Soto

-Silver Hugo for live action: From France, “Rhapsody”, by Constance Meyer

-Gold Plaque for documentary: From Switzerland, “Moriom”, by Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa

-Silver Hugo for documentary: From Sweden, “Home of the Brave”, by Gustav Hugosson and Andreas Nilsson

-Gold Plaque for animation: From Canada, “Blind Vaysha”, by Theodore Ushev

-Silver Hugo for animation: From Sweden, “Moms on Fire”, by Joanna Rytel

-Honorable mention for animation: From U.S., “I, Destini”, by Destini Riley and Nicholas Pilarski

From "Sieranevada"


The Chicago Award, presented to a local filmmaker:

-From U.S./Germany, "Among Wolves", directed by Chicago's own Shawn Convey


The Chicago International Film Festival, the longest running of it’s kind in the world, this year presents films in 12 categories: International, New Directors Competition, Documentary, World Cinema, U.S. Indies, After Dark, Spotlight:Musicals, Black Perspectives, Out-look, Cinema of The Americas, Shorts, and Special Presentations and Tributes. All films are being shown at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street through October 27th.

 Keep reading Chicago Splash Magazine for upcoming film reviews and interviews with film participants.

Festival Chairman Michael Kutza and Geraldine Chaplin at Tribute to Geraldine Chaplin


For trailers, additional information and tickets, go to the Chicago Film Festival website

All photos courtesy of the Chicago International Film Festival-Cinema/Chicago








Published on Oct 22, 2016

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