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Tilda Swinton in Memoria directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Tilda Swinton in Memoria directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

At the 57th Chicago International Film Festival, the Gold Hugo in the International Competition went to Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s beguiling, beautiful film following a Scotswoman (Tilda Swinton) living in Bogotá haunted by a noise that only she seems to hear. Along with a young sound engineer, her search for the origin of the mysterious sound takes her to the interior of the lush Colombian jungle where past, present, and future blur.

Picking up the Silver Hugo Jury Prize is Drive My Car, Ryuske Hamaguchi’s sprawling yet intimate, playful, and elegant meditation on the beauty of human connection and the transformative power of the journey.

“This year, as audiences come back together after more than a year apart, it’s fitting that the Chicago International Film Festival jury has chosen to honor films that celebrate human connection,” said Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. “Gold Hugo winner Memoria will only be shown in theaters, on the big screen where audiences can experience it together. Our Silver Hugo winner, Drive My Car is about that core, necessary search for human connection. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our film community, here in Chicago, across the Midwest, and around the world.”

New Directors Competition Gold Hugo-winning film Brother’s Keeper, telling the story of a day when a child feels all alone in the world even though he is surrounded by hundreds of people, continues the exploration of themes the 57th Jury was drawn to, while the International Documentary Competition Gold Hugo went to Skál, exploring a young couple’s sense of place and belonging.

This year’s Chicago Award, presented to the director of an outstanding film in the Festival’s City & State program, went to Margaret Byrne for her documentary Any Given Day. Through an intimate and compassionate lens, the film observes three people as they participate in the Cook County mental health court probation program. Crafted with love, respect, bravery, and deep empathy, the film de-stigmatizes mental illness and contemplates a better way to support those in need of treatment.

The Audience Choice Award for Feature Film went to the Festival’s Closing Night selection King Richard by director Reinaldo Marcus Green! Based on the true story that will inspire the world, the film tells the inspiring story of an undeterred father who raised two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.

The Audience Choice Award for International Feature went to the Festival’s Silver Hugo Jury Prize winner Drive My Car by director Ryusuke Hamaguchi from Japan! Sprawling yet intimate, playful and elegant, Drive My Car is a moving meditation on the beauty of human connection and the transformative power of the journey.

The Audience Choice Award for Documentary went to Punch 9 for Harold Washington. Director Joe Winston’s film held its World Premiere at this year’s Festival and chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first African American Mayor, Harold Washington.

The Audience Choice for Short Film is shared by Black Perspectives entry Artistic by director Nina Lee, and Death and the Lady from directors Geoff Bailey and Lucy Struever, which played in the Family-Friendly Animation program.

57th Chicago International Film Festival Award Winners

International Feature Film Competition

Gold Hugo

Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Colombia

Silver Hugo: Jury Prize

Drive My Car
Dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan

Silver Hugo: Best Director

107 Mothers
Dir. Peter Kerekes | Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine

Silver Hugo: Best Male Performance

Bouli Lanners
Nobody Has To Know
Dir. Bouli Lanners | France, Belgium, U.K.

Silver Hugo: Best Female Performance

Michelle Fairley
Nobody Has To Know
Dir. Bouli Lanners | France, Belgium, U.K.

Silver Hugo: Best Cinematography

Kasper Tuxen
The Worst Person in the World
Dir. Joachim Trier | Norway

Silver Hugo: Best Screenplay

Aleksandre Koberidze
What Do We See When We Look At the Sky? (Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt?)
Dir. Alexandre Koberidze | Germany, Georgia

Silver Hugo: Best Art Direction

Sergey Fevralev
Captain Volkonogov Escaped (Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal)
Dir. Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov | Russia, France, Estonia

Honorable Mention

Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego)
Dir. Tatiana Huezo | Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar

New Directors Competition

Gold Hugo

Ferit Karahan
Brother’s Keeper (Okul Tirasi)
Turkey, Romania

Silver Hugo

Simón Mesa Soto
Colombia, Sweden, Qatar

International Documentary Competition

Gold Hugo

Dir. Cecilie Debell and Maria Tórgarõ | Faroe Islands, Denmark

Silver Hugo

Babi Yar. Context
Dir. Sergei Loznitsa | The Netherlands, Ukraine

Out-Look Competition

Gold Q-Hugo

Great Freedom
Dir. Sebastien Miese |Austria, Germany

Silver Q-Hugo

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (偶然と想像)
Dir. Hamaguchi Ryusuke | Japan

Special Mention

Paris, 13th District (Les olympiades)
Dir. Jacques Audiard | France

City & State Competition

Chicago Award

Any Given Day
Dir. Margaret Byrne | United States

Honorable Mention

Close Ties to Home Country
Dir. Akanksha Cruzynski | United States

Live Action Short Film Competition

Gold Hugo

Dir. Carlos Segundo | Brazil

Silver Hugo

Dir. Rafael Manuel | Philippines

Documentary Short Film Competition

Gold Hugo

Greetings From Myanmar
Dirs. Sunniva Sundby and Andreas J. Riiser | Norway

Silver Hugo

Listen to the Beat of Our Images
Dirs. Audrey Jean Baptiste and Maxime Jean Baptiste | France

Animated Short Film Competition

Gold Hugo

Affairs of the Art
Dir. Joanna Quinn | United Kingdom

Silver Hugo

Nuevo Rico
Dir. Kristian Mercado | United States

Audience Choice Awards

Feature Film

King Richard
Reinaldo Marcus Green | United States

International Film

Drive My Car
Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan

Documentary Film

Punch 9 for Harold Washington
Joe Winston | United States

Short Film

Nina Lee | United States

Death and the Lady
Geoff Bailey and Lucy Struever | United States

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