The Romanian drama SIERANEVADA took home top honors in the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival’s prestigious International Feature Competition category, earning the Gold Hugo for Best Film. The film’s director Cristi Puiu was also awarded Silver Hugo Best Director honors. The jury commented “The registration of what seems to be reality instead of fiction on any level is shown as if it took no effort at all. This film is an incredible cinematic achievement and fully immerses the audience in a family gathering and makes us aware of them not only on a personal level but also embodies the spirit of the times we live in. The award for Best Film goes to Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu.”
The Festival’s Jury Prize, helmed by Jury President Geraldine Chaplin, is awarded to Asghar Farhadi’s THE SALESMAN. The Gold Hugo in the New Directors Competition is presented to Juho Kuosmanen’s THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI, while the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary is awarded to Festival world premiere SAMUEL IN THE CLOUDS.
International Feature Competition – Honoring those superb new films from around the world representing a wide variety of styles and genres.
Gold Hugo for Best Film: Sieranevada
Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize: The Salesman, dir. Asghar Farhadi
Silver Hugo Best Director: Cristi Puiu, Sieranevada
Silver Hugo Best Actor: Adrian Titieni, Graduation
Silver Hugo Best Actress: Rebecca Hall, Christine
Silver Plaque Best Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, Graduation
Silver Plaque Best Cinematography: Kacper Fertacz, The Last Family
Silver Plaque Best Art Direction: Jagna Janicka, The Last Family
Founder’s Award – Paradise, dir. Andrei Konchalovsky – Germany/Russia
The Founder’s Award is given to one film across all categories that captures the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image.
New Directors Competition – Recognizing emerging talents in filmmakers presenting their first or second feature films.
Gold Hugo: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, dir Juho Kuosmanen
Silver Hugo: Fado, dir. Jonas Rothlaender
Roger Ebert Award: Kills on Wheels, dir. Atilla Till
Documentary Competition – Awarded to documentaries that expertly craft their stories with honesty and candor.
Gold Hugo: Samuel in the Clouds, dir. Pieter van Eecke
Silver Hugo: Where We’re Meant to Be, dir. Paul Fegan
Q Hugo Awards – Honoring those films in the OutLook program featuring LGBT stories and perspectives.
Gold Q Hugo: Heartstone, dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Silver Q Hugo: Paris 05:59, dirs. Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
Short Film Awards
Live Action Gold Hugo: Madre
Live Action Silver Hugo: Rhapsody
Documentary (Gold Plaque): Moriom
Documentary (Silver Hugo): Home of the Brave
Animation (Gold Plaque): Blind Vaysha
Animation (Silver Hugo): Moms on Fire
Animation (Honorable Mention): I, Destini