Nimrod Antal's Hungarian thriller Kontroll won the Gold Hugo award in internationalcompetition at the 40th Chicago International Film Festival over the weekend,while Bahman Ghobadi's wartime drama Turtles Can Fly took the Silver Hugo.
Further Silver Hugos were awarded to:Day and Night / Dag og nat (Denmark), directed by Simon Staho, and Whisky (Uruguay/Argentina/Germany) by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll.
Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman won the Gold Hugo for bestdocumentary for Born Into Brothels, while the Silver Hugo in the Docufest strand went to StephenMarshall's Battleground: 21 Days On The Empire's Edge.
Minh Nguyen-Vo's coming-of-age drama Buffalo Boy (Vietnam/France/Belgium) won the NewDirectors Silver Hugo and honourable mention went to Mohamed Asli's drama InCasablanca, The Angels Don't Fly (Morocco/Italy).
The competition jury recommended the festival bestow a LifetimeAchievement Award upon Ousmane Sembene, whose first picture appeared the sameyear as the inaugural Chicago International Film Festival. Sembene's femalecircumcision drama Moolaade played at the event this year.
Joseph Cedar's Campfire (Israel) won the FIPRESCI strand, while Sean Ellis' Cashback (UK) took the Gold Hugo award in theshort film competition, Seth Grossman's Shock Act (USA) won for best student film, andRichard Goleszowski's Cats Or Dogs (UK) won for best animated short.
LigyJ Pullapally's lesbian-themed drama The Journey won the Chicago Award as the best local film, andthe Terra Nova Silver Images Generations Award went to Zhu Wen's Chinese drama SouthOf The Clouds.
Audience awardswill be announced on the closing day on Oct 21.