Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre (pictured) won the Chicago International Film Festival’s international feature competition Gold Hugo for his “stylized yet very humane depiction of illegal immigration.”
The Silver Hugo went to Mohamed Diab’s Cairo 678, which the jury described as “a brave film for presenting women as an oppressor rather than a victim.”
Olivia Colman won the best actress Silver Hugo for her role in Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Maged El Kedwany won the best actor prize for Cairo 678 and Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj’s screenplay took the prize for The Forgiveness Of Blood.
In the New Directors Competition, Zaida Bergroth’s The Good Son took the Gold Hugo and Runar Runarsson’s Volcano was awarded the Silver Hugo.
Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist claimed the Founder’s Award, which goes to the film that “captures the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image.”
Claude Lelouch’s 50-year career earned him a Silver Hugo award, which he received on Oct 8 at the screening of his 43rd film, What Love May Bring. Anthony Mackie received the Artistic Achievement Award on Oct 15 at the annual Black Perspectives Tribute.
In the Docufest Competition, Mila Turajilic’s Cinema Komunisto won the Gold Hugo and the Silver Hugo went to Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel.
The festival runs until Oct 25. For the full list of winners visit the official website.