Chicago Film Festival: ‘Sieranevada’ Wins Gold Hugo for Best International Feature


Acting respects go to Graduation’s Adrian Titieni and Christine’s Rebecca Hall.

Sieranevada, a Romanian family show, won the Gold Hugo, the top prize in the International Feature Competition at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival. In a honors function held Friday night, the film’s chief, Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu), won the Silver Hugo for Best Director.

The Salesman, an Iranian film delineating a Tehran family’s battles in the midst of social turbulence, won the Special Jury Prize. It was coordinated by Academy Award-winning chief Asghar Farhadi (A Separation).

In the Documentary Competition, movie producer Pieter Van Eecke’s Samuel in the Clouds from Belgium and the Netherlands and set on a softening Bolivian icy mass foreshadowing environmental change, won the Gold Hugo. What We’re Meant to Be, a picaresque Scottish people melody adventure coordinated by Paul Fegan, was exhibited the Silver Hugo.

The Founders Award was introduced to Paradise, coordinated by Andrei Konchalovsky. The Founders Award remembers one film over all the celebration classifications that ‘encapsulates the Chicago International Film Festival for its novel and inventive way to deal with the specialty of the moving picture.’

‘The current year’s celebration was an uncommon festival of movies that caught the marvels of the human soul,’ Michael Kutza, celebration organizer and creative chief, said.

In the New Directors Competition, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, coordinated by Juho Kuosmanen, won the Gold Hugo, while Fado, coordinated by Jonas Rothlaender, won the Silver Hugo.

The Silver Hugo for Best Actor was displayed to Adrian Titieni for his execution in Graduation as the father of a top understudy assaulted before her end of the year tests. Additionally for Graduation, Cristian Mungiu won the Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay.

Rebecca Hall won the Silver Hugo for Best Actress for her depiction of a lady falling down a lofty passionate winding in Christine.

Poland’s The Last Family earned two Silver Hugos in specialized zones: Kacper Fertacz won the Silver Hugo for Best Cinematography, while Jagna Janicka won the Silver Hugo for Best Art Direction.

The Robert Ebert Award was exhibited to Kills on Wheels, about crippled professional killers, coordinated by Atilla Till.

In the Festival’s Out-Look classification, Heartstone, coordinated by Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson, won the Gold Q Hugo, while Paris 05:59, coordinated by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, won the Silver Q Hugo.

Honors were likewise displayed in the celebration’s Short Films area. In the Live Action classification, a Gold Hugo was displayed to Madre, while Rhapsody was voted the Silver Hugo. In the Documentary segment, Moriom won a Gold Plaque, while Home of the Brave won a Silver Hugo. In the Animation class, Moms on Fire won a Silver Hugo, and I, Destini won Honorable Distinction.

The honors service was held at Chicago’s downtown AMC River East and facilitated by the Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper.

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