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Portrait of a Lady On Fire (PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU)
Portrait of a Lady On Fire (PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France) by director Céline Sciamma, hailed by the jury as a portrayal of the all-consuming nature of love and the beauty of women’s solidarity, took home the top prize in the International Feature Film Competition at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival.

The Silver Hugo Jury Award was presented to Vitalina Varela (Portugal) directed by Pedro Costa, while the Silver Hugo for Best Director was awarded to Maya Da-Rin for her film The Fever (Brazil/France/Germany).

Director Franco Lolli took home top honors in the New Directors Competition with a Gold Hugo for Litigante (France/Colombia) and the Silver Hugo in this competition was shared by Gitanjali Rao for Bombay Rose (India/UK/Qatar/France) and director César Díaz for Our Mothers (Guatemala/Belgium/France). The Roger Ebert Award, presented to an emerging filmmaker with an innovative and forwardlooking perspective, went to director Maryam Touzani for Adam (Morocco/France/Belgium).

In the Documentary Competition, the Gold Hugo was awarded to director Eva Mulvad’s Love Child (Denmark) for its intimate look at the global refugee crisis, and the Silver Hugo was presented to André Hörmann’s Ringside (Germany/U.S.), with an honorable mention to Waiting for the Carnival (Brazil), directed by Marcelo Gomes.

The Founder’s Award, selected by Chicago International Film Festival founder Michael Kutza and 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, was presented to Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, marking Scorsese’s first award from the Festival, which launched his career with the premiere of 1967’s I Call First, later retitled to Who’s That Knocking at My Door? The Chicago Award, presented to a film from the Festival’s City/State section, went to Ed Flynn for his short film Tour Manager.

55th Chicago International Film Festival Award Winners

International Feature Film Competition

Gold Hugo
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Dir. Céline Sciamma

Silver Hugo: Jury Award
Vitalina Varela
Dir. Pedro Costa

Silver Hugo: Best Director
Maya Da-Rin
The Fever

Silver Hugo: Best Actress
Debbie Honeywood
Sorry We Missed You

Silver Hugo: Best Actor
Bartosz Bielenia
Corpus Christi

Best Screenplay
Pema Tseden

Best Cinematography
Vladimir Smutny
The Painted Bird
Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovak Republic

Best Sound Design
Fire Will Come

New Directors Competition

Gold Hugo
Dir. Franco Lolli

Silver Hugo, Ex Aequo
Bombay Rose
Dir. Gitanjali Rao

Silver Hugo, Ex Aequo
Our Mothers
Dir. César Díaz

Roger Ebert Award
Dir. Maryam Touzani

Documentary Competition

Gold Hugo
Love Child
Dir. Eva Mulvad

Silver Hugo
Dir. André Hörmann

Special Mention
Waiting for the Carnival
Dir. Marcelo Gomes

Out-Look Competition

Gold Q-Hugo
And Then We Danced
Dir. Levan Akin

Silver Q-Hugo
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Céline Sciamma

Special Mention
Knives and Skin
Dir. Jennifer Reeder

Live Action Short Film Competition

Gold Hugo
Dir. Faren Humes

Silver Hugo
Dir. Soudade Kaadan

Documentary Short Film Competition

Gold Hugo
Easter Snap
Dir. RaMell Ross

Silver Hugo
The Furniture Maker
Dir. David Avilés

Animated Short Film Competition

Gold Hugo
And Then the Bear
Dir. Agnès Patron

Silver Hugo
I Bleed
Dir. Tiago Minamisawa, Bruno H Castro, Guto BR

Chicago Award

Chicago Award
Tour Manager
Dir. Ed Flynn

Founder’s Award

Founder’s Award
Director Martin Scorsese and his film The Irishman.

This award marks the first presented to Martin Scorsese from the Chicago International Film Festival. The Festival, which launched Scorsese’s film career in 1967, was also where the late Roger Ebert first saw his film – a pivotal moment for them both.

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