The Gold Hugo: ‘Godland’ at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Festival

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CHICAGO – The 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) announced its award winners on October 21st, 2022, and the recipient of The Gold Hugo in the International Feature Film Competition – the festival’s top honor – is Hiynu Pålmason’s ‘Godland”, a multi-layered critique of colonialist destruction.

Picking up the Festival’s Silver Hugo in the International Feature Film competition is “Close” (directed by Lucas Dhant), which also receives the Gold Hugo-Q in the OutLook competition. In the New Directors Competition, Charlotte Le Bon’s “Falcon Lake” takes the Gold Hugo and Ann Oren’s “Piaffe” takes the Silver Hugo. The complete list of honorees is below.

“The Chicago International Film Festival has a 58-year history of honoring the most exciting, most original talent, and this year’s winners reflect a diversity of storytelling and filmmaking in remarkable and timely ways,” said Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. “With visual languages bold and subtle, rich and complex, the films transport us to different worlds, both familiar and far away, and by immersing us in new places and new experiences they broaden the ways in which we see and understand our own world, transforming us in the process.”

Find capsule descriptions of all the films by CLICKING HERE.

StarInternational Feature Film Competition

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The Gold Hugo for Best Film: “Godland” (Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden) Directed by Hiynur Pålmason

The film, inspired by a collection of wet plate photographs of rural Iceland taken by a priest in the late 1800s, follows an arrogant, naïve Danish priest on a mission to establish a remote parish for homesteaders in Iceland, then a colony of Denmark, and convert the locals to Christianity. 

The Silver Hugo – Jury Prize: “Close” (Belgium, France, The Netherlands), directed by Lukas Dhont

The Silver Hugo – Best Director: Maryam Touzani of “The Blue Caftan”
(France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark)

The Silver Hugo – Best Performance: Vicky Krieps of “Corsage” (Austria, France, Germany)

The Silver Hugo – Best Ensemble Cast Performance: Denis Ménochet, Marina Foïs, Luis Zahera, Diego Anido, and Marie Colomb of “The Beasts” (Spain, France)

The Silver Hugo – Best Screenplay: Alice Diop, Amrita David, Zoé Galeron, and Marie N’Diaye of “Saint Omar” (France)

The Silver Hugo – Best Cinematography: Maria von Hausswolff of “Godland” (Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden)

The Silver Hugo – Best Production Design: Marcela Gómez (Production Designer) and Daniel Rincon (Art Director) of “The Kings of the World” (Colombia, Norway, Luxembourg, Mexico, France)

Award for Cinematic Bravery: “No Bears” (Iran) Directed by Jafar Panahi

StarNew Directors Competition

‘Falcon Lake,’ Directed by Charlotte Le Bon
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The Gold Hugo: Director Charlotte Le Bon of “Falcon Lake” (Canada, France)

The Silver Hugo Director Ann Oren  of “Piaffe” (Germany)

The Roger Ebert Award (Two): “The Great Silence” (Denmark), directed by Katrine Brocks and “A Piece of Sky” (Switzerland, Germany) directed by Michael Koch

StarInternational Documentary Competition

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The Gold Hugo: “Alis” (Colombia, Romania, Chile), directed by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás Van Hemelryck

The Silver Hugo: “The Natural History of Destruction” (Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands) directed by Sergei Loznitsa

StarOutlook Competition (LBGTQ+ Films)

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The Gold Q-Hugo: “Close” (Belgium, France, The Netherlands), directed by Lukas Dhont

The Silver Q-Hugo: “Paloma” (Brazil, Portugal), directed by Marcelo Gomes

Special Mention: “Alis” (Colombia, Romania, Chile), directed by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás Van Hemelryck

StarChicago Award

”King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones” (USA, France) Directed by Harriet Marin Jones
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Honorable Mention: “Matriarch” (USA), directed by  Donald Conley

StarShort Film Competition

The Headhunter’s Daughter
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The Gold Hugo – Narrative: “The Headhunter’s Daughter” (The Philippines), directed by Don Jospehus Raphael Eblahan

The Silver Hugo – Narrative: “Live” (Poland), directed by Mara Tamkovich

The Gold Hugo – Documentary: “Nazarbazi” (Iran), directed by Maryam Tarakofy

The Silver Hugo – Documentary: “Revolver” (USA), directed by Crystal Z Campbell

The Gold Hugo – Animated: “Ice Merchants” (Portugal), directed by João Gonzalez

The Silver Hugo – Animated: “My Year of Dicks” (USA), directed by Sara Gunnarsdóttir

The 58th Chicago International Film Festival runs through October 23rd, 2022. Click for tickets, schedules, details and the Sunday, October 23rd schedule for BEST OF THE FEST. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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