Sieranevada and Graduation awarded at Chicago International Film Festival



Romania was a big winner at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival. Sieranevada has won the Gold Hugo prize, the festival’s biggest prize for the best international movie.

Cristi Puiu has also won the directing award. Another Romanian-French movie called “Graduation” directed by Cristian Mungiu has won the screenplay award and also the best actor award, which went to Adrian Titieni.

One of the judges of this year’s movie festival was Geraldine Chaplin, the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.



The prizes for this competition, according to Chicago Tribune

Gold Hugo for Best Film: “Sieranevada”

Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize: “The Salesman”, directed by Asghar Farhadi

Silver Hugo Best Director: Cristi Puiu, “Sieranevada”

Silver Hugo Best Actor: Adrian Titieni, “Graduation”

Silver Hugo Best Actress: Rebecca Hall, “Christine”

Silver Plaque Best Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation”

Silver Plaque Best Cinematography: Kacper Fertacz, “The Last Family”

Silver Plaque Best Art Direction: Jagna Janicka, “The Last Family”

Founder’s Award

“Paradise,” directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

New Directors Competition

Gold Hugo: “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki,” directed by Juho Kuosmanen

Silver Hugo: “Fado,” directed by Jonas Rothlaender

Roger Ebert Award: “Kills on Wheels,” directed by Atilla Till

Documentary Competition

Gold Hugo: “Samuel in the Clouds,” directed by Pieter van Eecke

Silver Hugo: “Where We’re Meant to Be,” directed by Paul Fegan

Q Hugo Awards

Gold Q Hugo: “Heartstone,” directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson

Silver Q Hugo: “Paris 05:59,” directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau

Short Film Awards

Live Action Gold Hugo: “Madre”

Live Action Silver Hugo: “Rhapsody”

Documentary (Gold Plaque): “Moriom”

Documentary (Silver Hugo): “Home of the Brave”

Animation (Gold Plaque): “Blind Vaysha”

Animation (Silver Hugo): “Moms on Fire”

Animation (Honorable Mention): “I, Destini”


source: Chicago Tribune






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