Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine won the audience choice award at the 38th Chicago International Film Festival, with the silver plaque going to Patricia Cardoso's Real Women Have Curves.
Moore attended the festival, participating in a two-hour Q&A following the screening of his popular documentary which world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Actresses America Ferrara and Ingrid Oliu attended Chicago for Real Women, which opens this weekend in the US through Newmarket Films. Real Women also won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in Jan.
Earlier in the week, the jury prizes were announced at the festival, with the Gold Hugo going to Karim Ainouzi's Madame Sata, the Silver Hugo to Elia Suleiman for Divine Intervention, the Silver Hugo for best director to Andreas Dresen for Grill Point, which also won a Silver Hugo for best ensemble acting, the gold plaque to Bahman Ghobadi's Marooned In Iraq and another gold plaque to actor Vincent Rottiers of Christophe Ruggia's The Devils as "an actor thrillingly emerging from the chrysalis of childhood."