Awards for 2017

Gold Hugo

Best Film

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New Directors Competition

WINNER

No Date, No Signature: Vahid Jalilvand
"The Gold Hugo goes to Vahid Jalilvand's No Date, No Signature (Iran) for the austere beauty of its imagery and the satisfying complexity with which this assured second feature explores dilemmas of guilt and grief in a medical examiner who may or may not have accidentally killed a small boy."

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Best Short Film

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Best Short Narrative - 15 Minutes and Over

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Best Documentary

WINNERS


The Other Side of the Wall: Pau Ortiz
"The Gold Hugo goes to The Other Side of the Wall, a film with two of the most riveting characters we've had the pleasure to see in a documentary. With intimate access, filmmaker Pau Ortiz tells the poignant story of a family in the midst of crisis, struggling to survive with their matriarch incarcerated. With extraordinary sensitivity, Ortiz presents their lives as an unflinching portrait of the ties that bind."

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Best Feature

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After Dark Competition

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The Maus: Yayo Herrero (director)

Silver Hugo

Best Actor

WINNER

Arrhythmia: Aleksandr Yatsenko
"The versatile Yatsenko, maintaining his fruitful collaboration with director Boris Khlebnikov, hits a new creative peak as a skillful but unreliable paramedic, eliciting the audience's contempt at times and its sympathy at others. The actor finds endless degrees of human imperfection between these two poles, giving a performance that allows the whole movie to work."

Best Actress

WINNER

Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali: Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire
"The only way to honor these two performances, so dissimilar in style yet perfectly in sync, is to award a joint citation. Each actress brought depth and power to the scenes that emphasized her character, making Anna and Claudine accessible to the audience without divulging all their secrets. When acting together, they conveyed a unique symbiosis, sometimes painful, sometimes comforting, that will bond these women forever."

Best Director

WINNER

Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
"This film sets itself a huge challenge, both artistic and ethical, of evoking a tragedy without simply re-staging its events or relying on sentimentality to move its audience. The tough, inventive direction allows such risks to pay off, alternating between realist and poetic styles in ways that achieve a tremendous emotional force, expanding the boundaries for how trauma can be commemorated on screen. The jury acknowledges with sorrow the many places around the globe where this story remains relevant, and honors Joanna Kos-Krauze as well as, posthumously, her late husband and co-director, Krzysztof Krauze."

New Directors Competition

WINNERS

The Charmer: Milad Alami
"The Silver Hugo goes to Milad Alami's The Charmer (Denmark), a gripping, beautifully lensed drama that continues to haunt us with its portrayal of paranoia and frayed human connection. The journey of an Iranian man seeking courtship in Denmark culminates in a final sequence so startling and deftly executed that it is guaranteed to provoke debate for years to come."

The Charmer: Milad Alami (Good Company Films)
"The Silver Hugo goes to Milad Alami's The Charmer (Denmark), a gripping, beautifully lensed drama that continues to haunt us with its portrayal of paranoia and frayed human connection. The journey of an Iranian man seeking courtship in Denmark culminates in a final sequence so startling and deftly executed that it is guaranteed to provoke debate for years to come."

Best Screenplay

WINNER

A Man of Integrity: Mohammad Rasoulof
"Early on, this film introduces us to many different facets of its main character's life that barely seem to relate. Gradually and powerfully, the script teases out the connections, all of which culminate in a haunting finale. This structure requires patience and discipline from its writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof. In a festival full of modern spins on film noir, he gives us one of the best, set in an unlikely place."

Best Cinematography

WINNER

Hannah: Chayse Irvin
"Hannah tells the story of a very guarded woman and is itself a guarded film, refusing to spell out the motives or contexts behind a lonely woman's behavior. The images, then, must convey feelings and ideas that the screenplay and character will not. Through meticulous composition, unexpected framing, and a finely calibrated color palette, they do just that."

Best Art Direction

WINNER

The Line: Václav Novak
"The jury marveled at the natural locations in The Line, all expertly chosen and photographed. The built environments, too, abound with subtle and character-revealing detail. Without calling undue attention to itself, the scenery always served the entertaining story, while colorfully avoiding the visual clichés one might expect from a tribute to film noir."

Best Short Film

WINNER

Best Documentary

WINNER

Mr Gay Syria: Ayse Toprak
"The Silver Hugo goes to Mr. Gay Syria directed by Ayse Toprak, a film that looks at the Syrian refugee crisis through the lens of the LGBT community. At times sad and at times humorous, she captures a slice of life of a community in transition."

Individual Commercials

WINNER

Special Jury Prize

WINNER

Félicité: Alain Gomis
"This movie transports its audience to a vividly evoked community in Kinshasa, without indulging the stereotypes by which Africa is often depicted on screen. Instead, we meet a tenacious, complex heroine who insists on living by her own terms, even amid situations that deprive her of easy choices. The music in the movie is unforgettable, and its structure is itself musical, building in unexpected movements, interludes, and crescendos toward its rewarding conclusion."

Silver Plaque

Best Art Direction

WINNER

The Line: Václav Novak (art director)

Special Mention

Best Narrative/Life Action Short

WINNER

Fucking Bunnies: Teemu Niukkanen (director) (Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta (production company))

Audience Choice Award

Best Film

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Chicago Award

Best Film

WINNER

Princess Cyd: Stephen Cone
"Princess Cyd won for its clear tonality, lyrical storytelling, and graceful authenticity. With strong writing and relatable characters, director Stephen Cone crafts a very honest, very human story that features a capable and complex female lead. The entire cast plays a substantial role in bringing a subtle delicacy to this coming-of-age story, set against an intimate Chicago backdrop."

Roger Ebert Award

New Directors Competition

WINNER

Matar a Jesús: Laura Mora Ortega
"The Roger Ebert Award goes to Laura Mora's Killing Jesús (Colombia), which contains the richest example of a quality Roger Ebert treasured in cinema. Mora's lead heroine tracks down her father's killer initially in pursuit of vengeance, until she realizes that his crime was merely a symptom of a corrupted society. The film is wise and perceptive in its suggestion that empathy itself can serve as a form of catharsis."

Short Film Awards

Competition

IN-COMPETITION

53rd Chicago International TV Award

Non-Fiction Program

WINNER

Gold Q-Hugo

WINNER

BPM (Beats Per Minute): Robin Campillo
"The Gold Q Hugo Film Award goes to BPM-Beats Per Minute (France) for its necessary honesty, unmatched portrayal of love and loss, but most importantly for embodying what it really means to make the personal political."

Silver Q-Hugo

WINNER

God's Own Country: Francis Lee
"The Silver Q Hugo Film Award goes to God's Own Country (UK) for its simple yet robust exploration of masculinity, desire, and unspoken intimacy within our most important relationships."

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