//Chicago Film Festival Wrap-Up – My Awards

Chicago Film Festival Wrap-Up – My Awards

This years Chicago International film fest comes to a close tomorrow. The big awards have been given out already (I will post them below). All in all I went to 9 films, all of which I have reviewed here. I saw a pretty decent range of works from drama’s, biopics, a documentary, horror (maybe), and foreign film selections. I don’t claim to have seen it all, as I have not obviously. Reasons behind that including I have a day job and I don’t have the amount of money I wish I had to spend on all of my admission prices. I had to be pretty selective in my choices and I think I did a pretty good job! I hope that you have read my reviews (especially for smaller films like Michael and Without which need as much press and attention as they can get) and enjoyed them. So I decided instead of writing a wrap-up I would give out my own awards!

Before I do that though, let’s leave it up to the people who saw it all. Here are the awards that have been handed out already at the Chicago International Film Festival.

* Gold Hugo for Best Film : Le Havre (Finland/France)
* Silver Hugo for 2nd Best Film : Cairo 678 (Egypt)
* Silver Hugo for Best Actor :  Maged El Kedwany – Cairo 678 (Egypt)
* Silver Hugo for Best Actress : Olivia Coleman – Tyrannosaur (UK)
* Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay :  Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj – The Forgivness of Blood (USA)
* Gold Hugo in New Directors Competition : The Good Son (Finland)
* Silver Hugo in New Directors Competition : Volcano (Iceland)

Surely my list is pretty unimportant when compared to that, but I enjoyed myself so much I would like share with you what I thought was the best of the best. **NOTE** These are only based on the 9 films I saw.

BEST FILM : Melancholia
(runner up: Michael)
BEST DIRECTOR : Lars Von Trier – Melancholia
(runner up: Lynne Ramsay – We Need To Talk About Kevin)
BEST ACTRESS : Tilda Swinton –  We Need To Talk About Kevin
(runner up: Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia)
BEST ACTOR : Michael Fruith – Michael
(there is no runner up, no one came close)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS : Charlotte Gainsbourg – Melancholia
(runner up: Rachael Blake – Sleeping Beauty)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR : David Rauchenberger – Michael
(runner up: John Hawkes – Martha Marcy May Marlene)
BEST SCREENPLAY : Lars Von Trier – Melancholia
(runner up:  Sean Durkin – Martha Marcy May Marlene)
MOST PROMISING FIRST FEATURE : Mark Jackson – Without
MOST PROMISING DEBUT PERFORMANCE : Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
(runner up: Joslyn Jensen – Without) 


So, in the end Melancholia was my big winner I suppose. I thought, as a whole, it was the most impressive. Although I would highly recommend all of those listed above as well as moments of Sleeping Beauty and the enchanting documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life.

A big thank you to you all for reading my coverage and to Alex for letting me join in the fun! 

Casey is originally from South Carolina, but has lived in Chicago for the past 8 years. Besides being a huge movie buff, Casey is also an accomplished actor. Since age 3 he has been acting on stage...Full Bio.