Jafar Panahi's CrimsonGold from Iran won the Gold Hugo atthe Chicago International Film Festival on Saturday, while Nuri Bilge Ceylan'sTurkish film Distant took theSilver Hugo and Special Jury Prize.
CrimsonGold was cited for "its compellingportrait of a man inexorably destroyed by social pressures" while Distant was cited for "its intense and elegant depiction ofoverwhelming loneliness."
LudivineSagnier took the Silver Hugo for best female performance for Claude Miller's LaPetite Lili for "giving what issurely the first of many star performances." Pierre Boulanger won the SilverHugo for best male performance for Monsieur Ibrahim for "a remarkably accomplished and nuancdperformance by an extremely promising young actor."
Gold plaques went to TsaiMing-liang's Goodbye Dragon Innfor "its highly distinctive vision" and to Manual Claro for "the outstandingcinematography" of the Danish film Reconstruction.
The internationalcompetition jury was composed of film critics Klaus Eder (Germany) and JohnRussell Taylor (UK), actress Florinda Bolkan (Brazil), journalist Nick Roddick(UK) and film-makers Tahmineh Milani (Iran) and Yim Ho (Hong Kong).
The FIPRESCI award for firstand second-time film-makers went to Jerome Bonnell's Olga's Chignon from France for "its cinematic fluency in service ofan intricately conceived and delivered story of love and loss," while a specialmention went to Peter Hedges' Pieces Of April for "its innovative, affectionate, witty and ruefulobservations of a family's final attempt to reconcile in the face of seeminglyintractable difficulties."
The Gold Hugo for bestdocumentary feature went to Nathaniel Kahn for My Architect (US), while the Silver Hugo went to Kim Bartley andDonnacha O'Briain's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Ireland/Venezuela).
The Gold Plaque went toRithy Panh's S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (France) and Jonathan Demme's The Agronomist (US) while the Silver Plaque went to John Cadigan's PeopleSay I'm Crazy (US).
The DocuFest Jury wascomposed of filmmakers Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen) and Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk,Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt)and the Mexico City daily La Jornada's film critic Leonardo Garcia Tsao.