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!